Jean-Marc Brocard, Bougros, AOC Chablis Grand Cru, Burgundy, France, 2011.
This wine: varietal chardonnay, MLF, then aged part in large format old oak and part in stainless steel vat; Diam closure, 13% abv, Weavers Wines, £35 (09/16)
Consumer tasting note: a fresh rich and ripe citrus and apple nose, with hints at bees-wax, anise and honey, it has seen oak, but oak that has been deftly, subtly, employed; fresh but not enamel stripping acidity, medium bodied, with a palate of lemon boiled sweets, ripe citrus and yellow apple. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of warm lemon pith, ripe grapefruit flesh, dessert apple, hint of toast, touches of bees-wax, anise then honey, hints of green herbs, fleeting whiff of oak.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of boiled lemon sweets, ripe grapefruit, yellow apple, conference pear skin, touches of riper stone fruit – apricot skin perhaps, barest hint of oak. Medium (+) length, with a clean fresh ripe citrus lightly grippy finish.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, suiting the flavour intensity; showing some complexity, still youthful though showing a hint of tertiary honeyed development, with the barest deftest exposure to oak showing as a low-key grip and a faint note in mid-palate; decent concentration following into a decent length, but nothing too special.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, this should develop a toasty nutty dimension, and though the length is not ideal, it should improve with cellaring over say 1-3 years.