Lemon, lemon flower and white summer blossom are like a gentle caress on this wine's nose. The palate has the same buffered gentleness and soft aroma, with a concentrated midpalate that reveals texture and riper, juicier stone fruit. A smooth finish offers long, lemon freshness. Drink by 2035. (AK)
The 2018 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru is bright, intensely mineral and light on its feet. In 2018, the Preuses is especially airy, with a real sense of refinement coursing through its veins. White flowers, crushed rocks, white pepper, grapefruit and vibrant saline notes confer energy as the 2018 builds into an explosive, mineral finish. This is super, super promising. (AG)
The Faiveley family's 0.4ha parcel of Les Preuses was planted in 1949 and is among the domaine's older blocks. Pale, fresh and refined, this was mostly stainless steel fermented, with just 10% seeing wood. Aniseed and lemon peel aromas lead you into a palate that combines stone fruit and lime flavours with a dusting of baking spices. (TA)
Here too the nose is difficult and dominated by sulfur elements. More interesting are the racy and almost painfully intense flavors that don't have the size, weight and power of the Les Clos but are notably finer and offering outstanding persistence on the citrusy and bone dry finale. This too will require at least 5 to 7 years of patience and should amply reward 10+. *Don't Miss!*
The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses opens in the glass with aromas of fresh peach, citrus oil and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, round and charming, with ripe acids and a fleshy core of fruit, it's open-knit and elegant. (WK)
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