A tasting of producers’ 2012s by the Union des Grand Crus de Chablis, Chablis 16 March, 2014.
JM Brocard, Chablis Les Preuses
Here the nose is a hint saline. The palate is wide though the flavour starts a little less impressive than the P Bouchard. The intensity grows and with it my liking for the flavour. In the end this is quite tasty.
Fresh with a very pretty nose that is also faintly floral – lovely. Full in the mouth with some dry extract and fine intensity. Super.
This has fresh and wide aromas though modest depth. Super minerality; lovely, lovely flavour – this is super. Also the finish with a twist of dry extract too.
Nathalie & Gilles Fevre, Chablis Les Preuses
A pretty and floral nose. Again a little CO2 to disturb my tongue – behind, this wine seems a little softer, yet with super mid-palate concentration and interest.
The nose is fresh and another with a floral dimension – rather pretty. Wide, dynamic, yet silky too. Lovely mid-palate flavour and concentration.
The nose has faint florals and a nice width. Full, concentrated and with a growing intensity. Excellent dry extract in the mid-palate plus a super finish.
Here the nose is wide but with a faintly spicy edge to it. Fresh, rather direct in approach. Mineral and intense with a super finish. IT’s its own character but I find it super.
Domaine des Malandes, Chablis Les Clos
A fine nose, only perturbed by some creamy oak – whatever, it’s very inviting. Wide and round. Some extra (probably) wood notes, though this is very tasty and concentrated if not entirely classic.
Louis Moreau, Chablis Valmur
A high-toned nose with some emphasis on lime-skins and almost asparagus (I should have rechecked to make sure it wasn’t an 11!). There’s salinity and concentration, faint CO2 and some intensity – but I still find the nose at odds. I’m a fan of the flavour and finishing concentration though.
Servin, Chablis Bougros
The nose is fresh and quite pretty, though modest compared to most here. Full, round and quite mineral – the growing intensity of flavour is lovely. Good dry extract in the finish. A lovely wine.
Gérard Tremblay, Chablis Vaudesir
Another that is fresh, wide and pretty but with limited aromatic depth. Here is a concentrated core and slowly growing intensity – though in a slightly different form to most. Finishes beautifully.