The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre comes from two parcels in the lieux-dits of Haut Chapelot and Montée de Tonnerre itself (in a part known as the "triangle" due to its shape). It has a very refined bouquet with scents of white peach and a hint of nectarine developing alongside chalky aromas. The palate is very crisp on the entry with notes of Granny Smith apple, that white peach again and a touch of spice that lends tension and energy towards the finish; there is a dab of lemongrass that seems to fizz on the tip of the tongue after the wine has departed. This is a one of Samuel Ballad's most impressive releases in 2015.
Bright, light yellow. Crystallized lemon peel, wet stone and a hint of menthol on the nose. Smooth and thick in the style of the year but also benefits from racy, stony acidity. The fruit flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon are enlivened by the wine's strong mineral component. Too rich to be austere but this surprisingly backward, dense, complex wine will nonetheless need time in the cellar. Very 2015 in style but in a good way. (ST)
(from a .45 ha holding in both Montée de Tonnerre proper and Chapelot). The ultra-floral nose also speaks of pear, sea breeze and plenty of mineral reduction. The rich and generous medium weight flavors possess a more refined mouth feel before concluding in a saline and bitter lemon-inflected finish that is sneaky long if not especially complex. This surprisingly forward effort is less refined than usual though it should also drink well early on.
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