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  1. Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Fourchaume Cotes de Fontenay 2015 1er
    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Fourchaume Cotes de Fontenay 2015 1er

    FIVE STARS - The fruit of old vines (1955) with little bunches, vinified and matured in stainless steel for a later bottling. This has benefitted from its longer elevage. This plot often delivers a slightly smoky character and I can see threads of this drifting in and out of the white fruit. He finds the style quite different, richer fruit but also smoky. I like this and the energy at the back is very good. It can become reduced so he needs to keep well aerated JASPER MORRIS MW

    The 2015 Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru has a tightly wound, rather floral bouquet with yellow flower scents infiltrating the citrus fruit and green apple scents. The palate is crisp and fresh with bitter lemon on the entry, with satisfying weight in the mouth. It has a lively, quite spicy and rich finish that leaves a dab of lemongrass on the aftertaste. Enjoy this Fourchaume over several years. NEAL MARTIN, Drink 2017 - 2024

    The 2015 Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru has a buttoned-down bouquet: granite and flint, a touch of apricot blossom and lemon curd loitering in the background. This takes you directly to Chablis and nowhere else. The palate is very well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, just the right amount of malic, green apple edginess combined with lemon zest to lend this Fourchaume tension from start to finish, with a dab of spice on the aftertaste. I enjoyed this Fourchaume when I tasted it blind last year and again twelve months later. It might be even better next time! WINE ADVOCATE

    Delicate nose of green pea and lime. Medium-bodied but intense on the palate, with fine acidity and a marked linear character showing great clarity of fruit. Mineral and tangy on the long, citric finish. DECANTER - drink 2018 - 2026

    2015
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  2. William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2021 1er
    William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2021 1er

    SWEET SPOT, OUTSTANDING - A discreet dollop of wood sets off the equally cool and perhaps even slightly more elegant aromas of acacia, citrus, seashore and oyster shell. The sleek and highly sophisticated medium-bodied flavors possess a really lovely texture while delivering superb length on the bitter lemon and mineral-suffused finish. This beautifully balanced effort is crystalline in its purity and a wine that should repay a decade plus of keeping. BURGHOUND

    WORTH A SPECIAL SEARCH - A little more direct, a lot more airy. More citrus bitters again – lovely purity and minerality – beautiful intensity but without pain. A mm of cushion to this fine texture too. So perfectly packaged – This bottle could be drunk today – if it was bottled! Bravo and so sneakily long too! BILL NANSON, The Burgundy Report

    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  3. William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2021
    William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2021

    DON’T MISS – This too could be from nowhere else other than Chablis with its combination of strong mineral reduction, cool citrus, shellfish and iodine. The dense, opulent and powerful large-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the lemony and massively long finish. Not surprisingly for a classic Les Clos, this super effort is very much built-to-age and a wine that I would advise not touching for at least 6 to 8 years first. BURGHOUND

    WORTH A SPECIAL SEARCH - 4.10 ha, principally the higher section but some lower towards Grenouilles – mainly planted before 1950 by that father of Willaim Fevre. Always the only wine in this – or pretty much any line-up of great Chablis that makes me think – Chevalier-Montrachet – but this year I see Chablis! Extra breadth to this aroma – almost a hybrid of the previous two wines – but then it changes gear, floral and mega-impressive – wow – I almost don’t need to drink it! Okay, for science ?? : This is not the most forceful or incisive but it has a mouth-filling fluidity that infuses the senses. (Almost) always a wine apart and it is certainly that in 2021 – undisputedly great – bravo! BILL NANSON, The Burgundy Report

    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  4. Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2021 1er
    Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2021 1er
    SWEET SPOT, OUTSTANDING - This is also exuberantly floral in character with its cool and more elegant aromas of citrus, oyster shell, spice and wet stone. The sleeker if perhaps not quite as dense medium weight flavors possess an even finer texture while flashing focused power on the balanced and sneaky long finish. Once again, better depth would help but this beauty seems to have excellent development potential. BURGHOUND

    WORTH A SPECIAL SEARCH - More open and citrus in the top notes - becoming extra floral too - the most forward of aromatics - so far. Gorgeous in the mouth - not the widest but the wine of most fluid expression - clarity, faintly textured with silk - and a top finish - bravo! BILL NANSON
    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  5. Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2021
    Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2021
    SWEET SPOT - A cool, pure and airy nose is comprised by aromas of lemon rind, essence of pear, anise and an abundance of Chablis elements. There is both fine volume and intensity to the restrained, mineral-driven and focused finale where despite the evident power, the wonderfully long finish is almost delicate. This is pretty much textbook Vaudésir. BURGHOUND

    There's extra depth and generosity in this width - growing perfumed. There's a little extra here in all directions - of course! Like some of the earlier wines, this is far from a wine for drinking today but what a beautiful finishing flavour, long, perfumed, complex - sooo good! BILL NANSON
    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  6. Jean Defaix Chablis Les Lys 2022 1er
    Jean Defaix Chablis Les Lys 2022 1er
    Pretty and ripe yet airy aromas are comprised by notes of acacia blossom, quinine, pear and a whiff of tidal pool character. The elegant, refined and appealingly punchy flavors possess good delineated in the context of the 2022 vintage, all wrapped in a clean, dry and lightly citrus-inflected finale. This could be approached young but since it could use better depth, a few years of keeping should prove beneficial. BURGHOUND
    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  7. La Chantemerle Chablis Fourchaume 2022 1er
    La Chantemerle Chablis Fourchaume 2022 1er
    This is the best value 1er cru Chablis you will find in the country, hands down. But let's not just dwell on the value as that undersells the quality of this wine. This is a decent step up on the AC coming from vines averaging around 40 years of age. More intensity and focus here, but in the same mould as its little brother. A little punchier too as a rule with a lovely spear of acidity giving the wine a real sense of energy and carrying with it that mineral snap we love. ALEX DOBSON
    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  8. Billaud-Simon Chablis 2021
    Billaud-Simon Chablis 2021
    An assembly of many parcels (left and right bank vines) including some purchased must to augment the domaine’s right-bank vines – but a little over 4 hectares worth. Mainly tank elevage with just a few barrels. 12 months elevage – Tete d’Or has longer elevage with more barrel elevage.
    Classic oyster-shell, iodine, aromatics – super. A hint more impact and density – less dynamic but silkier and more intense – not quite brooding but gorgeously flavoured. This you could enjoy over the next 20 years  – I would. Bravo!. BILL NANSON, Burgundy Report
    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  9. Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2021
    Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2021
    Parcel selections – ‘a skeleton of parcels that are always used and always better and the rest are selected from some other areas depending on the vintage to make the best cuvée’ – a little wood including some new large-format barrels – 500 and 600-litres.

    The nose remains something of the sea, not of the barrel forest – becoming more and more perfumed too. Broader, perhaps more visible muscle, super texture again and growing in intensity, almost a fant finishing phenolic too. Bravo! BILL NANSON, Burgundy Report
    2021
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  10. Agnes et Didier Dauvissat Chablis 2022
    Agnes et Didier Dauvissat Chablis 2022

    The 2022 Chablis Village, matured in stainless steel for 6 to 12 months, has a sprightly and energetic bouquet with citrus peel and Granny Smiths. The palate is well-balanced with a fine bead of acidity, crisp malic fruit. There’s just the right amount of tension and salinity on the finish to keep you coming back for more. Bravo. NEAL MARTIN

    5.5 ha of Chablis in total – this representing 3 of those hectares in Fyé, almost a continuation of Blanchots. A more linear nose with extra herbed notes. Broader, slightly more incisive and structural – still melting over the palate – here with lots of salinity and a long, tasty, finish. This to wait for – 1-2 years – it’s very good and it’s classic Chablis! BILL NANSON

    An intriguing example which marries weight and concentration on the palate with bright acidity and a distinct mineral edge. This will appeal to lovers of classic Chablis but also those looking for a bit more generosity of fruit. Long finish, with a saline tang. DECANTER

    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  11. Agnes et Didier Dauvissat Petit Chablis 2022
    Agnes et Didier Dauvissat Petit Chablis 2022

    WORTH A SPECIAL SEARCH - An assembly of parcels, on either side of the plateau of Beines, near Vauligneau and above the grand crus...The first sniff is modest, the second and the wine has already opened and added some perfume – nice. Hmm – lovely minerality over the palate – juicy and melting with a nice structure – this is just too delicious and slightly floral in the finish – this already drinking beautifully – bravo! BILL NANSON

    A fine example of Petit Chablis, with crisp acidity to complement the pear and peach fruit on the palate. Slightly peppery, with a hint of bitterness adding freshness and complexity on the finish. Will drink well for several years. DECANTER

    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  12. Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2022
    Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2022
    The 2022 Chablis Côte de Léchet Réserve 1er Cru comes from 60-year-old vines and is raised half in barrel and half in stainless steel. It sports a clever reduction on the nose, nicely focused with ample citrus fruit, quite minerally after a few swirls. The well-balanced palate is focused and precise, with neatly integrated oak and a slight nuttiness towards the lingering finish. Quite delicious and easily the best of Defaix's Premier Crus. NEAL MARTIN

    Five star wine. Mid lemon colour, the bouquet has fineness here. Wonderful vibrations, mostly white fruit, a sensation of white pebbles in a white soil. Delicate but with a fine backbone and excellent length. Iodine finish. Not a wine to gulp but to take time over. JASPER MORRIS
    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
  13. Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2022 1er
    Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2022 1er

    SWEET SPOT - A more elegant, airier and more floral-suffused nose combines notes of spiced pear and enough Chablis elements to be more than just interesting. The refined, delicious and caressing middleweight flavors possess very good punch on the firm, balanced, moderately dry and bitter lemon-inflected finish. This markedly stony effort is also quite good and worth considering. BURGHOUND

    The 2022 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru has an attractive bouquet with touches of frangipane infusing the citrus fruit and hints of dried orange peel coming through with time. The palate is well-balanced with a waxy-textured opening. Good delineation, quite saline, with a twist of sour lemon dovetailing into a slight nutty/smoky note on the finish. One of the finest Premier Crus from Louis Michel. NEAL MARTIN

    WORTH A SPECIAL SEARCH - More airy but with depth of aroma too. Extra wide – panoramic – the mineral stature of the last, perhaps faintly more incisive. It’s a wine I’d wait longer to open – maybe 3 years to start with – but it’s also a great wine. BILL NANSON

    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
    Special Price $110.00 Regular Price $130.00 As low as $105.00
  14. Moreau Naudet Chablis 2022
    Moreau Naudet Chablis 2022

    Moreau’s village Chablis is drawn chiefly from 20- to 30-year-old vineyards in Préhy and Courgis, both south of Chablis. Then, there are parcels in Chablis and Chichée (under the Premier Cru vines of Vaugiraut/Vosgros). All up, the domaine works with 30 parcels scattered across the appellation, representing a variety of soil structures and exposures. All the fruit from the younger vines is sold off in bulk, lifting the general standard...The wine then spends 20 months on lees, considerably longer than most Chablis of this level. These traditional methods—along with hand-harvesting, the quality of the terroir, the low yields and the ripeness—help explain the mouthcoating texture, salty depths and overall quality.

    Tasted next to the Petit Chablis, there are more lifted aromatics of ripe nectarine and citrus blossom, leading to a mouthwatering palate of tugging mid-palate texture, pristine orchard and kernel fruit, and a kick of saltiness. There’s even a touch of ripe grapefruit and clementine. The rocky close lingers with a mineral vibration you don’t want to end.  ROB WALTERS

    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $105.00 As low as $88.00
  15. Moreau Naudet Petit Chablis 2022
    Moreau Naudet Petit Chablis 2022
    Not all Petit Chablis is created equal! Moreau’s Petit Chablis comes from a single 2.5-hectare site between Courgis and Beine, just outside Chablis on the route to Auxerre. It has a southwest orientation and lies on Kimmeridgian soils (as opposed to the higher Portlandian soils on which most Petit is grown). Half of the plot is home to 25- to 30-year-old vines, while the other half is somewhat older at 45 to 50. The wine ferments spontaneously in large vats of 32 to 100 hectolitres. This really has some gravitas and charisma for a Petit Chablis. Indeed, we’d go as far as to say that this release is not overshadowed by the Chablis proper. It’s immediately enticing, with golden kiwi and creamy pear fruit flecked by zingy sherbet and iodine notes. The palate is as seamless as you like, offering delicious puppy-fat succulence and vibrant clarity before finishing with palate-scraping freshness and chalky nuance. This is seriously classy. ROB WALTERS
    2022
    chardonnay
    France
    375
    Special Price $77.00 Regular Price $87.00 As low as $73.00
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