If you like unoaked Chardonnay, have a special occasion, this Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2013 priced at £16.99 from Majestic Wines is worthy of making your shopping list
It is one of my “go-to” wines when I can’t decide which bottle to open because it is consistently good year on year. 2013 is no exception; in fact it achieved better scores than the 2012 though neither was the easiest of vintages. Although categorised as crisp, light white, it has a medium body and is developing butteriness so verging on a rich, creamy white.
Vocoret is a consistently good producer of Chablis and his Premier Crus are great examples of this style of Chardonnay. The fruit is sourced from old vines ensuring a lovely depth of fruit and a mineral-like complexity.
It is golden yellow in colour shaded with gentle pale green. Bright, luminous and limpid. The taste is part of the pleasure which is instantaneous. Perfect harmony between citrus vivacity and gentle mellowness. A lovely fresh, minerally nose, with hints of grapefruit and lime. Well balanced, lean, steely and citrussy with an elegant lingering finish.
The Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2013 is delicious on its own or with food. This is very drinkable now and will develop further richness over the next five years.
Alcohol by Volume: 13%
Dry Scale: Very Dry
You can buy this wine from Majestic Wines here. http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chablis-1er-Cru-Vieilles-Vignes-Les-Vaillons–zid04515