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2006 Bessin Jean-Claude, ChablisDec. 2008
Medium-pale yellow. Hints of lime hover over a sweeter but denser base with an almost marshmallow edge. Some richness, understated acidity yet it manages to underpin everything. You have to wait quite some seconds for a more mineral and savoury flavour to appear in the finish.
2007 Long-Depaquit, ChablisApr. 2008
Bottled the week before tasting. A wide and fresh nose with subtle sherbet. Good flavour (a gentle press and low crop) tasty, nothing artificial about this entry-level wine – should be a great buy
2005 Drouhin Joseph (Domaine de Vaudon), ChablisNov. 2007
Pale lemon-yellow. The nose has some intensity; high tones over ripe, linear fruit – there’s no seashore but it’s nice enough. Versus the ripe, slightly sweet Drouhin bottling, that is amply balanced by lovely acidity, this is just a little more austere; again super acidity but this time a little more to the fore but the mid-palate intensity – to which the acidity contributes – is super. Reasonable length too. Painfully young, but like an itch you can’t stop scratching – and this type of itch is usually more expensive to scratch – this is already my third bottle and I can feel another order coming on…
2005 Maison Blanche, ChablisAug. 2007
Medium-pale yellow. The nose is wide, fresh and shows faint citrus hints – it’s a hit. The palate is very concentrated and plush for such a ‘lowly’ wine with almost good acidity – I would have liked just a little more – but a good-plus length. Base Chablis from this vintage can be incredibly successful and I have to say I’ve had (so far) more bulls-eyes from Chablis than the Côte de Beaune. An excellent potential
2005 Drouhin Joseph, ChablisApr. 2007
This high-toned, slightly nervous nose shows really ample depth, minerality and just a twist of citrus. Lovely acidity that rolls around the mouth with a good citrus bite. The flavours nicely expand on the palate and there is an uncommon intensity for a wine of this appellation. Super, crisp wine with a medium-plus length of finish. Really excellent for the label. If I can find it, I suspect this to be a wine to buy by the case-load for my ‘house-wine 2007? and perhaps beyond…
2004 Grossot Corinne et Jean-Pierre, ChablisJul. 2006
Pale lemon yellow colour. A little sea-shore, fresh-cut greenery and lemon on the nose. Lightweight but with clean, precise flavours and a sneaky late intensity – the finish falls-off quite quickly but this is a good value wine.
2002 Tribut Laurent, ChablisJul. 2006
Pale-medium lemon yellow colour. Fresh and hightoned – a little greengage and with swirling pear too. Equally fresh palate that has very good concentration for the appellation, equally good acidity plus a little ‘why are you drinking me now?’ austerity. Leave it a couple more years to flatten that element of harshness in the mid-palate and you should have a ‘village’ wine that punches above its weight.
2002 Bouchard Père et Fils, ChablisMar. 2006
Medium-pale yellow colour. Wide nose, plenty of high tones over a sweet core. The palate has ‘just-right’ acidity, medium concentrated sweet fruit and a slowly mouth-watering finish. No rough edges this is a super value basic wine.
2004 Long-Depaquit, ChablisMar. 2006
Pale to medium yellow with and edge of green. The nose fresh, hints at floral notes over a little citrus – a good start. Some minerality, lovely acidity and an interesting length. Full marks at this price-point and it could easily be drunk now.
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