Jean-Marc Brocard, Montmains, AOC Chablis Premier Cru, Yonne, Burgundy, France, 2013
This wine: varietal chardonnay, Diam 10 agglomerate cork closure, 12.5% abv, en France, €23 (09/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strident nose of ripe citrus and stewed apple edged with warmer stone fruit and honeyed hints; medium bodied with enough acidity, with a palate of ripe grapefruit and apple edged with stone fruit. A medium-long length. Decant for 15 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe grapefruit, lemon juice, crushed nettles, stewed dessert apple edged with stone fruit, beeswax, lemon pith, hints of warmer tropical fruit and light honey.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very low-key grip from maceration on the skins and a smooth texture from time on the lees, with flavours of ripe grapefruit edged with stone fruit, lemon juice, stewed apple, apricot skin, unripe yellow peach. A medium (+) length with a clean finish of ripe apple edged with stone fruit.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious with the decent flavour intensity; unoaked, showing some complexity, and a touch of tertiary development from bottle age, decent concentration following into a slightly dissapointing length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing in the short-term, say 2-3 years, when the honeyed dimension might develop, nuts too perhaps.