This dense, wood-aged wine is packed with ripe yellow fruits. The full, rich nature of the wine shows the full-blown intensity of the great exposure of this grand cru vineyard. The wine’s instant fruitiness belies its aging potential. Resist drinking now and wait until 2023.
The 2016 Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru, raised 50% in stainless steel and 50% in 500-litre oak barrels, carries its subtle reduction well: clean and precise, hints of white peach and passion fruit interlaced with cold stone/flinty scents. The palate is very well defined, crisp and linear with good weight and sense of grace. This handles its intrinsic power with style and it fans out beautifully on the tropical-tinged finish. Nigh irresistible! Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (NM)
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot (Maison Louis Jadot) is decisively marked by the vintage, offering up an exotic bouquet of honeyed peaches, apricot and citrus blossom. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and unctuous, with broad shoulders and a generous attack, but balanced by incisive acids that lend the wine a structural tension that belies its musky, super-concentrated profile. In a sense, this is a decidedly atypical Chablis, even by the standards of Blanchot—yet it displays characteristics that were prized in vintages such as 1986 and even 1992; and while this 2016 is never going to rival the great wines from vintages such as that, it may well surprise with bottle age. Deduct or add several points depending on your affinity for exoticism and texture. (WK)
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