(began in 20% oak; these vines were not frosted): Hazy light yellow-green. Fruit-driven aromas of lemon, lime, mandarin orange and spices, plus an exotic whiff of mango. Dense, dry and classic, in fact a bit youthfully taut, offering lovely tension and purity to its citrus and spice flavors. Spreads out and vibrates on the long aftertaste. The crop level here was a healthy 50 hectoliters per hectare, according to Droin.(ST)
Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. More positively there is excellent richness to the borderline lush medium-bodied flavors that possess good if not excellent vibrancy before terminating in a smoky, sappy, complex and solidly persistent finish. I suspect that this will drink well young but also repay 4 to 7 years of cellaring.
The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent was matured 20% to 25% in barrel. Of all Benoit’s crus, it shows the most reduction on the nose, which is nothing to be concerned about at this stage. The palate is very effervescent with notes of orange sorbet, tangerine and a touch of dried quince. There is a slightly waxy texture to this Vaulorent. It has a linear, aloof finish that suggests it will need three or four years in bottle.(NM)
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