2018 Maison Patricia Raquin Chablis Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2018
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Burghound: 87
Wine & Spirits: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$24.95

"There is a phenolic note (think olive oil nuances) to the riper mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit spiked with hints of iodine and sea breeze. There is both good detail and energy to the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a bracing salinity that adds lift to the attractively dry finish where a hint of warmth slowly emerges. This very forward effort is perfectly good though it's lacks the complexity to rises to the next level." (BH)

"Based in Savigny-lès-Beaune, Patricia Raquin purchases fruit from the grower of these 62-year-old vines, ferments it with ambient yeasts in stainless steel, then ages the wine in 500-liter barrels for five months. With its structure, direction and complex layering of limestone minerality with lemon, Bosc pear and gingery fruit, this could stand in for a premier cru Chablis. It’s dynamic as it oscillates through those layers of flavor and continues to lengthen. Compelling to drink now, and well worth cellaring." (W&S)

Winery Notes:
The animals shown on the label are dogs. The breed is called Borzoi, also called "Russian Wolfhound", which means "fast" in Russian. Patricia and Alain are proud owners of 2 Borzois and they designed this label so that the dogs will be guardian of the vaulted ageing cellar inside their house.

The wine is produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown on Kimmeridgian soils. A golden color with green highlights, a fresh and aromatic nose with white flower nuances. Round and smooth in the mouth, slight oak flavors on the finish with vanilla notes.