Lupe-Cholet, Chateau de Viviers, Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru 2010

Lupe vaillons chablisAm I ever going to try a 2010 white Burgundy that I don’t like? This is from Vaillons, a commune that I always look for. It’s Premier Cru, but so close to Les Clos Grand Cru in both geology and geography that it’s not funny. And with this particular one, you can defifintely see what people pay for when they buy a bottle of Chablis with the word ‘Cru’ on the label.

It’s a very intense wine, and though I have loved the floral, red apple and citrus village Chablis, this is one giant leap beyond that. It’s still got the full-ripeness character of white flowers that are tell-tale of a great Chablis vintage, but it’s laced with honey and earth, a little stonefruit and mineral. The palate is a little bracing at this stage – incredible acid, which should mean it has potential to sit in the cellar for a few years. Flavours are lime and lemon, pastry and chalk. It’s a very complex wine with a long flinty finish, and a great, great example of Chablis Premier Cru.

Drink now or for 5 years

140 AED + Tax (Purchased Tax free at Dubai Duty Free)

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