Extremely subtle smoke and wood spice blend with classic Chablis green apple and crushed oyster shell aromas that precede gorgeously complex, ripe, painfully intense flavors that are less angular than the Bouguerots. This doesn't have the same power but it's actually a more complete and harmonious wine, at least at this point with top flight elegance and an unmistakably sense of class and grace. I very much like this as it's a bit more understated yet possesses great flavor authority and precision on the fantastically long finish.
Produced from a 2.55 hectare parcel (6.3 acres), the magnificent 2002 Chablis Les Preuses (domaine) has a complex nose of smoky slate and spices. Medium-bodied, deep, rich, and satin-textured, it reveals an inspiring character of outstanding depth, concentration, focus, and length. Loads of creamy seashells are intermingled with flint and pears in its detailed yet powerful core. (PR)
Pure, sweet aromas of lime blossom, minerals and flinty soil; offers much more lift today than the Cote de Bouguerots. Then very ripe but racy on the palate, with creamy-sweet citrus and stone flavors enlivened by bracing acidity. Wonderfully fresh, supple grand cru Chablis with superb inner-mouth energy. Finishes very long, lush and sweet, with a whiplash of fruits and stone. 'A real competition wine,' notes Hervet, 'always more showy early on than the Valmur and the Clos.' (ST)
Green and round and deep. A big, bold Chablis – perhaps too big for purists, but certainly impressive. Long term. 18.5/20 points (JR)
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