Lime, lemon--sharp fruit but with a leesy flesh that counterbalances beautifully. Excellent stuff. 17.5/20 points (RH)
Ripe yellow stone fruits, almond and acacia flower on the nose, plus a hint of exotic fruits. Large-scaled, rich and broad but given shape by lovely mineral-driven acidity. The wine's classic dryness and notes of menthol and almond make it quite backward today and currently overshadow the fruit, and yet this wine already has more sex appeal than the Clos. Finishes broad, powerful and long, with a slightly tannic character. 92+ (ST)
After the misfiring Les Clos, the 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir restores order with an excellent showing. Matured 25% in oak barrel and the remainder in stainless steel, it has a refined, almost understated bouquet, but that should not deter you from admiring its precision and focus. There is fine mineralité here, but it will require a few years to be unlocked. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension and weight in the mouth, with a touch of spice developing towards the finish that lingers in the mouth. Give this 3-4 years and you will have a well-crafted Vaudésir. (NM)
There is a mild hint of the exotic to the very fresh, layered and fresh mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit that is liberally laced with Chablis and wood elements. I like the textured mouth feel to the round and relatively forward mid-palate of the medium-bodied flavors that possess fine depth and positively huge length on the citrus-inflected finale. This exceptionally promising effort is also going to need a few years of cellaring to develop but it should be terrific in time.
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