2015 Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons La Chablisienne Review And Tasting Notes
The 2015 Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons La Chablisienne is an excellent wine, a thoroughbred Chardonnay born in Chablis, one of France’s most suitable areas, the northern part of Burgundy.
As you well know, the peculiarity of this cold area is the soil where limestone and clay alternate: practically centuries and centuries of oysters that have accumulated, giving rise to one of the world heritage of winemaking.
You know the white cliffs of Dover, here the cliffs are underground, you won’t see them, but you can taste them.
And today’s Chardonnay is a great wine, not a grand cru, in any case, it is a superb wine for pulp and flavor, and you know what? You can buy it for 35 euros per bottle.
Sometimes, one stops to think about how many Chardonnays there are, how many thousands of bottles, and then wonders why? Why buy mediocre wines when you have these pearls on hand?
How is made?
Harvest by hand, merciless selection of the grapes at the table and then aging in steel. Wood doesn’t even see it with a telescope.
The depth of minerality and freshness are virgin and very intense. This 2015 vintage is very young, already balanced, but still very biting.
It’s ok. You know that Chablis begins to give its best only after 10 years of rest in the bottle.
It is already good in this way but certainly not at the peak of its aromatic life.
Rocky nose with flowers, chalk, sea, and yellow fruit in perfect sequence. The tone is elegant, subtle, and citrusy, but let’s remember that it is a young vintage, 2015: it is practically a child. The most evolved tones will arrive in 3-4 years: excellent persistence and aromatic cleanliness.
In the mouth, it is pungent, with ruthless sapidity, glacial freshness, and full structure. Still, everything is declined with elegance, without smudging. The layers of salt, chamomile, hazelnuts, and honey intertwine, creating splendid poetry.
It is still young: certainly ready and satisfying, but far from its aromatic apotheosis. For now, the dominant flavors are those of lemon, peach, and salt, but it bites, and at least 2 years of bottle aging are required.
In conclusion, it is a good Chardonnay, sold at an exceptional price, it is not a memorable wine or one that wants to jump through hoops, but thickness and precision make it worthy.
32-35 euros: great price for a bottle that comes from the homeland of Chardonnay.
It’s born to marry fish, seafood, oysters, and jewels from the sea: Parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara.