Regarded almost as a Grand Cru in its own right, the Moutonne vineyard, wholly owned by Albert Bichot, is in a corner of the Vaudésir Grand Cru vineyard. In this sumptuous year, the wine is more generous, ripe yellow fruits than mineral texture. The acidity and the tangy aftertaste are a reminder that this is from cool-climate Chablis. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
Somewhat curiously given that most of this is from Vaudésir, the nose is markedly less expressive though with noticeably more Chablis character present on the green and yellow fruit and floral-scented aromas. Moreover the refined mouth feel of the relatively powerful medium weight flavors is noticeably tighter with plenty of punch that carries over to the beautifully long finish that really fans out as it sits on the plate. This will require a few years of bottle age to be at its best.
The Long Depaquit monopole of La Moutonne covers 2.24ha of Vaudésir, plus a sliver of Preuses. It has produced a luxurious grand cru in 2015, with taut apple and lemon layered with cool cream and juicy hazels. It's sumptuous yet delicate at this stage, and promising much more with some years in the cellar. Drinking window 2019 - 2028. (AJ)
Pale, bright lemon-yellow. Captivating aromas of pineapple, grilled almond, coconut, iodine and flint. Concentrated, chewy and uncompromisingly dry on entry, then turns a bit silkier in the middle, offering savory flavors of lemon drop, minerals, menthol, mint and hazelnut. Quite smooth in texture for such a powerful grand cru but still youthfully tight. The very long, subtle, slowly mounting finish saturates the palate with dusty extract. This remarkably tactile wine boasts outstanding potential. (ST)
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru la Moutonne comes from the monopole belonging to Long-Depaquit that is populated by 46-year-old vines. It sees ten months in 75% stainless steel and 25% in oak barrels. It has a pleasant bouquet, with hints of white chocolate and orange pith stitched into the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced, although it's clearly not as complex or as mineral driven as the 2014. There is a sense of focus here, even charm, although I find the finish just a tad predictable compared to the superior Les Clos from Long-Depaquit. (NM)
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