The 2020 Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru, half aged in 400-litre oak barrels, has a rather straight forward nose considering the vineyard in question, although it opens with aeration. The oak here is a little obtrusive. The palate is balanced with good depth, fine acidity, but it is a conservative Blanchots that is missing a bit of flair on the finish. Not bad, but I feel this could be better. Plays it safe.
A very impressive and quite imposing Chablis Grand Cru with a wide spectrum of aromas, the emphasis being on apricot and pineapple. The touch of vanilla oak and the youthful vivacity, combined with ripeness and the wine’s considerable depth and power make it compelling. Beautiful balance at the expansive yet zesty finish.
Exceptionally subtle wood influence easily allows the cool and very pure aromas of essence of green apple, pear, quinine and sea breeze to be appreciated. There is lovely intensity and vibrancy to the chiseled and attractively textured middle weight flavors that exude evident minerality on the focused and dry finish.
This wine’s structure is equal to its concentration of lemon, lime pith and pineapple ripeness. Tina Vaughn of NYC’s The Simone described its tropical fruit scents on a cold January day, suggesting “You can smell the snow coming.” A substantive grand cru.
Underneath, there is plenty of acidity and the palate has so much finesse. I would be very keen to re-taste the final bottled example but this is a wine which has good potential. Intriguing notes of mandarin fruit on the finish.