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Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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This young wine is all magnificent structure. It is intense, with fruit and acidity given richness by the powerful texture and tense tannins. The dense symphony of ripe fruits is kept in check by the structure. This wine needs many years; drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Louis Jadot 2013 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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This is a beautiful wine with elegant fruits that reflect a strong sense of minerality. It is crisp, although that is just a surface quality to a wine that has such depth. Toast flavors round out the intense fruits, giving a light spice and butter to this powerful wine. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Domaine Pinson 2012 Cuvée Authentique Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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Fermented and aged in six-year old wood for 24 months, this is a richly spicy wine. The wood is there to smell and taste, but it is the rich fruit that speaks. Yellow fruits are given weight by the mineral backdrop, while layers of acidity instill freshness. Drink this complex wine from 2018.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Cuvée Clos des Hospices Chardonnay (Chablis)

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From a vineyard that once belonged to the charitable Hospices de Chablis, this is a superrich wine for a Chablis, powered both by acidity and by beautiful ripe fruits. It is bright and tight in character, although it is the richness and the density of the wine that shows most strongly. Drink this powerful wine from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Valmur Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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Extra rich, ripe and round , this offers a full fruitiness that explodes in the mouth. Tannins and structure are all there, although the main thrust of this wine is the balance between this tension and the generous fruits that are developing. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Vaudésir Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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This wine has weight, richness and an intense texture and structure that brings tannins and a firm background to the generous yellow fruits, ripe apples and crisp green plums. The wine is still very young, needing several years. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Domaine Pinson 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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This wine brings out the structure inherent in this vineyard. Tensely textured with young fruits that have a touch of bitterness, the wine offers kiwi and green plum flavors given a more exotic character with some mango. It’s a deeply structured wine that needs to age. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Louis Jadot 2013 Chardonnay (Bâtard-Montrachet)

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With its great richness, the wine is opulent, generous and full of powerful fruits. The wood aging and the toastiness have done nothing to diminish the yellow fruit and crisp apple flavors. It’s an impressive and concentrated wine that will age for many years. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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