The 2020 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a struck match reduction on the nose – though it is not too strong and should be subsumed with bottled age. The palate is well balanced with a tangy marmalade-tinged entry, fine depth with some well-integrated oak towards the finish. There is a sense of harmony and focus here that is very convincing. Give it two or three years in bottle.
Vague whiffs of oak, iodine and mineral reduction add breadth to the mildly exotic white and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is fine volume and mid-palate density to the rich, powerful and muscular larger-scaled flavors that exude evident minerality on the perceptibly warm though refreshingly dry finale.
Vivid, creamy, lemony chalkiness dominates this wine’s nose. On the palate, these notions are joined by subtle, rounded nuttiness and a sense of generosity and ripeness. Real concentration and texture at the core has chalkiness and a pithy tang that makes the mouth water. The finish is long and insistent.
The 2018 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, aged for 15 months on the lees, has a generous nose of dried honey and pressed yellow flower scents, and just a touch of nutmeg in the background. The palate is well balanced with a peachy opening. The straightforward, quite honeyed finish will have wide appeal.