Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Just a touch of smoke intrudes upon the lemon freshness and chalky depth appar-ent on this wine’s nose. A hint of passion fruit lends a tropical spin. The palate focuses on an almost candied lemon richness and concentration that suf-fuses itself with the chalky depth of the midpalate. This wine is textured, rounded and generous, yet highlighted by that lemon brightness. It’s a reso-nant, rich wine that will evolve. Drink 2022–2040.
Bright and creamy, this white exhibits vanilla, lemon cake and peach flavors, with a light salinity underneath. Vibrant and fresh, with a long, citrus-and pastry-tinged aftertaste. Altogether fresh, elegant and harmonious. Drink now through 2024.
Ripe yet cool aromas mix plenty of floral influence with a whiff of wood, iodine and algae. There is very good energy to the well-detailed yet rich middle weight plus flavors that exude evident minerality and salinity on the dry, powerful and palate coating finish. This is a big but balanced wine that is robust to the point of rusticity though I suspect that will age out with a few years of cellaring. But make no mistake, this is a muscular Les Clos.
The 2018 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is more open and engaging on the nose compared with the Les Blanchots. There is slightly more terroir expression here, though I would not claim it superior to some of Laroche’s Premier Crus. The palate is much better, featuring sour lemon, lemon sherbet, sage and dill, quite complex, with a very well-defined and persistent finish. Real Grand Cru on the finish for sure – just cellar this for 3–5 years before broaching.