Jacques Bourguignon (negociant-eleveur), Les Silex, AOC Chablis, Yonne, Burgundy, France, 2005
The Chablis appellation
See here for some comments on the appellation and its structure.
This wine: varietal chardonnay, coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Vintage Wines, bin end £10 (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rich nose of buttery stewed and dried fruits, with nutty hints; medium bodied with a fresh palate of creamy buttery stewed and baked apple, underpinned by ripe grapefruit and hazelnut. Finishes medium. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a sense of richness, with lightly honeyed, creamy and buttery stewed apple, dried apple, dried apricot, over-ripe grapefruit, baked lemon, roast hazelnut.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of lightly buttered stewed apple, baked apple and over-ripe grapefruit, with nutty hints. A medium length, with a clean baked apple delicately citrus-edged finish, with a low-key grip and just a hint of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like) on the end.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a rich intensity on the nose, less so on the palate with lesser concentration, still, showing some complexity from MLF and lees stirring with buttery and creamy notes respectively, and bottle age, with honeyed, baked, stewed and dried fruit notes, and nuts. Follows into a slightly disappointing length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – fully developed with nowhere to go, and, in any event, length and concentration also suggest drink up now.