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Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
The 2017 Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru is a wine of total class and sophistication. Bright, lifted and perfumed, the Blanchots is an airy, gracious grand cru that will thrill readers who appreciate the more delicate, understated side of Chablis. Clean mineral, floral and citrus notes meld into the silky, polished finished. The 2017 was done in just three steel barrels, so production is a measly 900 bottles or so. Drink 2022-2037
Burghound, October 2018,
Even though the wood regimen may have been reduced, it still isn't subtle though I can say that it stops short of dominating the white flower, apple, tidal pool and pear aromas. The succulent, seductive and generous flavors coat the palate with sap yet there is no sense of heaviness thanks to the excellent minerality that helps to add lift to the clean and moderately dry finish. This is carrying more wood than I personally prefer but the density is such that there is a reasonably good chance that it will ultimately be successfully integrated. Sweet spot. Drink: 2024+
Bernard Billaud sold his estate to the Cote d’Or’s largest landowner, Maison Faiveley, in 2014 and it is heartening to see this famous Nuits St Georges house both maintaining and driving the quality ideals of this great Chablis estate ever further forward. This substantial domaine of 17 hectares comprises exceptional vineyard sites including four premiers crus and four grands crus. Mature vineyards and minimal use of oak produce crisp and driven wines which are delicious in youth and fabulous with some age. The individual terroirs always shine through.
Chablis is world famous for its fine white wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. The best vineyards are perched above the winding Serein river and are south or southwest facing ensuring better ripeness in this cooler climate. It has four appellation levels. Petit Chablis is the most modest and simple followed by Chablis, which is the largest and most prominent. Premier cru Chablis is the third largest appellation and encompasses almost 40 different climats or vineyards including the famed Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaumes and Mont de Milieu. The most noble of all Chablis are the grand crus of which there are 7 climats in total Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. The wines of Chablis have remained some of the best value in the world, particularly their superb grand crus which can easily cost 50% less than its closest revered white grand cru neighbour, Corton Charlemagne.