2017 La Chablisiènne Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1414432 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Moderate wood stops just short of intruding on the appeal of the otherwise intensely floral nose that is liberally laced with notes of oyster shell, iodine and lemon rind nuances. There is a lovely sense of refinement to the restrained and discreetly mineral-inflected flavors that deliver fine persistence and precision on the saliva-inducing finale. Excellent potential. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (10/2018)

92 points Decanter

 Concentrated lemon; spicy, toasty oak and a brooding smokiness lead to a fresh, mineral acidity and a long, rounded finish.  (6/2019)

92 points James Suckling

 Some very ripe fruit here with melon, mangoes, peaches and yellow citrus fruit, all intermingling. The palate has a smooth, supple and fleshy core of attractively ripe peaches and pears. Drink or hold.  (7/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is showing well, opening in the glass with aromas of crisp green apple, citrus oil, white flowers, pastry cream and smoke. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad-shouldered and powerful, with a deep core of ripe fruit, bright acids and saline finish. Reserved without being austere, it will reward some bottle age. (WK) 92+  (8/2019)


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2019 | Send Email
Looking for Chablis? This is the wine you should buy. La Chablisienne is a co-op that works with many small growers in the area, and the fruit quality here is top notch. Montee de Tonnerre is widely seen as the "almost" grand cru of Chablis, and in this wine that quality shines through in abundance. Yes, its from a slightly cooler vintage, but that only adds to the classic crisp, chalky character of this Chablis. A beautiful wine, with the bones to age and a great price point!

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
Enough good can not be said about the wines La Chablisienne is producing! the 2016 Montee De Tonnerre was one of my favorite Chablis' that we carried and the 2017 is even more special. Not as tropical of a vintage, the year was plagued by cold weather and hail, but out of those low yields comes something truly special. The nose is flinty with clear notes of apple, a little bit of beeswax, and white blossoms. What I love so much about the wine though is the palate. It maintains a perfect acidity with bright fruit but a rich and round mouth feel. This is a must have! I know I'll be taking it home with me.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
This is another tremendous bargain from Chablisienne in a great vintage from one of the region's most cherished sites. Meyer lemon, white stone, and crisp pear aromas lead to a textured but pure palate full of candied lemon rind, fresh stonefruit, and tangy apple. There's a lot in reserve, but it is showing great depth at this stage. It'll be hard to do much better in refined White Burgundy for this kind of price.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
When I think about what I want from a 1er Cru Chablis the 2017 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre" ticks every box and then some. The nose is electric with aromas of Meyer lemons, crushed oyster shells and orchard fruits. The palate is jumping with zesty acidity, intense citrus flavors and a long, long finish. The Montee de Tonnerre vineyard is but a stone's throw away from the Grand Crus and it shows.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

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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.