Vinous – 90+
(bottled in January of this year; began in 20% new oak and 80% _cuve, then was assembled in old barrels after the malolactic fermentation): Medium yellow. Strong vanillin oak on the nose. Ripe, plush and dry, with the stone fruit flavors currently dominated by oak spice and caramel. Still a bit youthfully austere but fresher than the Cuvée Authentique. Will it absorb the vanillin oak?
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2025
Robert Parker – 90
Tasted blind at the annual â€œBurgfestâ€ tasting in Brouilland. The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos fell short of the fine showing last year although I suspect this is more because it is amidst an awkward stage of evolution. It has an attractive bouquet with touches of praline and honeysuckle infusing the citrus fruit, nicely detailed and full of vigor. The palate is fresh and full of lime on the entry. This feels linear in the mouth with a slightly nuttiness developing towards the finish that does not quite deliver the definition that I was hoping for. Give this a couple more years in bottle and I am sure it will revert back to its initial promise. Tasted May 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2024