Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016

SKU/Code: 
DB0920-16
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Country: 
France
Region: 
Burgundy
Farming Type: 
Sustainable
Piuze, Patrick

The aristocrat! From 35 year-old vines grown in Kimmeridgian limestone and clay soil, on the right bank of the Serein River with westerly exposition. Floral, pretty, and mineral with great length. 

(91-94) points
"Aromas of yellow fruits, flowers and spices suggest a deep wine. Fat, savory and dry; a very concentrated wine with excellent breadth for the vintage. But the brisk flavors of pear, fresh white plum and Granny Smith apple will need time to fill in. It's hard to believe that this fruit was picked at 11.8% potential alcohol (and chaptalized only to 12.2%), but Piuze noted that he routinely gets mature skins here at low sugar levels."
Stephen Tanzer,
Vinous
, August 2017
92+ points
"The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses has a refined bouquet with lemon thyme, mint and oyster shell—very focused and detailed. The palate is fresh and poised, quite energetic on the entry and maintaining that level right up until the saline finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to urge you back for another sip. This feels tighter than Patrick's other crus at the moment and as such, I would afford it two, possibly three years in bottle."
Neal Martin,
Wine Advocate
, August 2017