2016 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses"

SKU #1388123 93 points James Suckling

 Exotic citrus, lime peel, grapefruit and lemon zest, all combined with stony minerally accents, light honey and spices. The palate has a superb succulent sweep of fruit flesh and deeply intense and ripe white nectarines. A little hazelnut to close. Terrific. Drink or hold.  (8/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is lovely, offering up notes of orange blossom, mandarin oil and salty oystershells. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, stony and tensile, with good cut and a saline finish. It's a classic, mineral Les Preuses that should drink well for a decade. (NM)  (8/2018)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is enough wood influence to comment on setting off the citrus-inflected green fruit and honeysuckle aromas. The mouth feel of the less mineral driven and powerful flavors is indisputably finer while already displaying fine complexity on the sophisticated if somewhat short and austere finish where the wood once again comes up on the finale. This too should reward a few years of cellaring and improve the length as I suspect the bottling has disrupted the balance.  (10/2018)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru has one of the superior aromatics: flint and smoke at first, citrus fruit with apple peel and light Conference pear aromas. I like the detail here and unlike others, the sulphur is handled well. The palate is crisp and taut with a fine bead of acidity, nicely balanced with a sense of harmony. There is impressive tension on the finish, completing a fine Les Preuses that should age with style. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (NM)  (8/2018)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
Chablisienne's Preuses is terrific again in 2016. There is a terrific mineral component and salinity that compliments lime pith, pear, and crisp apple. It is fresh and lively with great tension, but a touch of wood highlights the breadth of the fruit as well. As always, it is texturally refined and remarkably complex - a tribute to both Chablisienne and this cherished Grand Cru. While immensely enjoyable right from the get-go, it will reward a few years in the cellar and drink beautifully for the following decade.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.