2010 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire

Year: 2010
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 87-89
Vinous Media: 88
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"The 2010 Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire (from vines in Prehy) shows lovely focus and cut in its citrus, lemon, grapefruit and white fruits. It is an excellent entry-level wine with plenty of vintage character. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

I tasted a wide range of wines at Domaine Brocard with oenologist Nadine Gublin, including the wines of Brocard's other Chablis properties, which are reviewed separately. In 2009, the harvest began in mid-September. The wines were vinified with ambient yeasts in steel and/or oak, depending on the vineyard, and aged on their lees until the malos were finished. The Cote de Lechet, Fourchaume, Bougros, Valmur and Les Clos were fermented and aged in 100-hectoliter conical oak vats. Brocard bottled the 2009s in late 2010 and early 2011. The Brocard wines are generally quite rich and lush in texture relative to most of the other wines in the region. One of the other important characteristics of this lineup is that the most complete, successful bottlings don't always come from the most prestigious sites. I also noted that the house and vintage style marked the 2009s to a greater degree than at many other addresses, while the 2010s show more site specificity. A number of the 2010s were still undergoing malolactic fermentation, so I was only able to taste a selection of the wines from that year. The estate's vineyards are currently being converted to biodynamic farming. It will be interesting to see where the wines go from here." (WA)

"Ripe aromas of stone fruits, spices and white flowers, with a suggestion of oyster shell. A very ripe and tactile village wine energized by oyster shell minerality. Ultimately quite dry and vibrant, but also built to give early pleasure." (IWC)