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2008 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsJul. 2011
Pungent, fresh and intense – without sight of the label you could be forgiven for being unsure if it were a Grand Cru or not. This wine was singing, so much so that (pouring for three people) it was almost gone in a flash. A little was left in the bottle which was left in the fridge – a full five days later, because of travelling, I returned to the remaining half glass. I expected to be throwing it down the sink; instead it went down my throat with enjoyment – not even a hint of development or oxidation – bravo! And that was without a seal of any kind in the neck.
2007 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsMar. 2011
More evolved – bottle was changed. Fresher with a hint of seashore. Fuller. surprisingly the acidity is more understated yet the finish is bigger than 08.
2008 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsMar. 2011
The nose is narrower but shows muscle and minerals. Good sweetness, certainly more mineral than 09, I slightly prefer the finish too.
2009 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsMar. 2011
High tones, some minerals, otherwise rather understated. Round and quite full, rich but the flavour is excellent and mouth-watering. Long too.
2002 Raveneaux François, Chablis VaillonsJul. 2010
A relatively deep gold though there’s nothing amiss on the nose; which is a little dense but like the skin of an onion keeps shedding a new layer of interest. The palate starts a little monolithic and misses some excitement, yet in the mid-palate a line of super-smooth acidity ushers you into a more interesting mid-palate and finish. I kept coming back to this and each time it was more engaging…
2007 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsDec. 2009
Pale greeny-yellow. The nose is a faint biscuit with a wider white blossom impression above, and is edged with a just enough citrus bite – just over the hour mark, the traditional salty impression of the sea-shore begins to poke through. Smooth, mineral acidity, slightly savoury impressions and this is really very long for a 1er cru. Genuine (not fruit-driven), great value Chablis, of the wiry and intense variety.
2001 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsDec. 2009
Medium golden colour. The nose has some high tones of green-skinned fruit that balances a honied base enough to retain a fresh impression. Width and a little sweet fat – the acidity is fresh though from time to time nearly spiky. The flavours are mineral, a little baked bread and a final salty tang. The finish is quite long and totally savoury.
2007 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsApr. 2009
A little savoury biscuit on the nose – it slowly fades to intimate more fruit. Forward but not unweildy acidity and a nice mid-palate punch. Very mineral and slowly lingering. A super, steely value Chablis.
2006 Long-Depaquit, Chablis VaillonsApr. 2008
Only the older parcels of vines go into this cuvée. A deeper nose, riper but tighter. This is softer but more concentrated with a nice burst of acidity on the mid-palate. I’ve always found this a good value wine, so I await pricing…
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