A trio of Chablis; Montée de Tonnerre, Les Clos and Valmur

I presented these three wines blind at a lunch, and I was delighted that they presented with typicity and their quality was self-evident.

Domaine Billaud-Simon Montée de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru 2012
Aromatics of minerals, lemon citrus and stones. The palate has racy acidity and good length. This wine performed extremely well along side the Grand Crus to follow, not surprisingly given that the vineyard for Montée de Tonnerre neighbours its more celebrated cousins. Rating: Very Good

Domaine Louis Moreau Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2011 
Aromatics of stone, talc and minerals. The palate has a hint of softness and roundness through its core of firm acidity, with mid range length and a resolute stoney character. Deliciously austere and has a long future ahead of it. Rating: Very Good

Domaine Christian Moreau Valmur Chablis Grand Cru 2012 
This, for me, was the highlight of the trio. Some initial funky aromatics blew off to reveal an intensely minerally aroma reminding of stones and earth. Dare I say oyster shells? The palate has long length and is framed by fresh acidity. An outstanding wine. Rating: Outstanding

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September 16, 2016

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