2017 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2017
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88+
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$24.95

"From organically cultivated grapes, the 2017 Chablis Vieilles Vignes Domaine Sainte Claire is much more aromatically reserved, exhibiting reticent hints of green apple and lemon. On the palate, it's deeper, richer and more concentrated, with more texture to temper its tangy acids and a saline finish. A little bottle age will bear dividends here.

With substantial holdings of some 140 hectares, many of them cultivated organically, Jean-Marc Brocard's Préhy-based estate is one of Chablis's largest producers. It's an estate in motion, with increasingly environmentally responsible viticulture and Stockinger foudres complemented by stainless steel and barrels in the cellar. As is generally the case, the 2017 vintage marks a step up over 2016, and I look forward to revisiting these wines once they've completed their élevage to gain a more definite sense of where Brocard's wines are today and where they are headed." (WA)

"The 2017 Chablis Sainte Claire Vieilles Vignes, which comes from almost 60-year old vines, has greater precision and mineral expression than the regular bottling. The palate is very tense from the start, taut and linear, an almost Zen-like Chablis with a precise and quite persistent finish. Like the regular cuvée, I would give this a year in bottle. " (VM)

Winery Notes:
FROM SINGLE VINEYARD "SAINTE CLAIRE" 30 YEAR OLD VINES ON KIMMERIDGIEN LIMESTONE FERMENTED WITH INDIGENOUS YEAST!