Thursday, February 7, 2008

Olivier Leflaive, Chablis Premier Cru, Vaillons, 2004 (Feb. 5, 2008)

A classic Chablis in a more reserved mood than last time, when I fear I drank it in something of a rush. The nose is a simple little creature of lime and chalk, rather shy, but then the palate surprises by by its fullness - relatively speaking, of course, as it still has the lithe body of a Chablis. It improves in glass, fleshing out some details on the palate; and growing bolder and more pungent on the nose, playing little notes of toasted bread which are all the more pleasant because they're not followed by annoying oak on the palate. Its crispness carries all the way through to the finish, where the minerals are complemented by a touch of lemon drop. I really should have bought more than two bottles. Drink over the next 4-5 years.

WineRoute's shelf price was 150 NIS but I think they sold tons of it at discount during the Burgundy tasting last summer, and rightfully so. It was their bargain of the summer.

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