A Little Chablis?!? I Don’t Think So.

Light canary.  Clean, wonderful nose, fresh applesauce and herbaceous earthy barnyard.  So amazing and different from CA Chards–the subtle nuance of the variety is there, but none of the omnipresent malo and oak so common in most of the Chards I taste.  Dirty and stained, salty-bright, but so whisper-light.  I had to google ‘Petite Chablis’–and you should too.  You learn something every day.  In the mouth, crisp acidity is at the fore-front, but awash in plum and elder-flower fruit so delicate it barely stands up to the wet concrete, straw barn-bedding and bitter stemminess masquerading as tannin.  I find it amazing a simple 15-dollar Stelvin American-market negociant Chablis like this can blow away 30-40-50 dollar CA chards with simplicity and nuance and make for a far more pleasing wine.
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2011 LAROCHE Petite Chablis  12-0

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