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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > FRANCE: Chablis

Winner Details

FRANCE: Chablis


2015: Gold 2 Silver 6 Bronze 2 Commended 7
2014: Gold 5 Silver 7 Bronze 2 Commended 3


After Chablis’ record-breaking effort last year, built on the beautiful 2012 vintage, it was back to normality this year. Still, our tasters were happy with what they found, and while the dearth of genuinely cheap medal winners was depressing (well done Louis Moreau and Kingsland), there were no doubts raised about this region’s bankability.


From the Tasting Teams


‘This was a very consistent flight, with no bad wine. Often the punter doesn’t know the difference between £14 and £25 Chablis, but some do, so the wine really has to deliver at higher prices.’ Xavier Rousset MS, Texture, 28°-50°

‘If you can buy a decent Chablis for under a £10 you are on to a winner.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, Dabbous

‘Chablis needs minerality and real complexity, otherwise for the same money you can go elsewhere and find really good Chardonnay.’ Caroline Brangé, 28°-50° Mayfair

‘Everyone has their own idea about what Chablis should be, with some lean, some more rounded and mature. If you have room on the list it’s definitely a good idea to feature different styles across different price points.’
Garry Clark, The Victorian Chop House Company

Award winners

Found 17 wines

France: Chablis

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

The perfect Chablis for gastropubs and neighbourhood restaurants, this kicks off with inviting aromas of orchard and blossom. ‘Classic lime and mineral profile, with notes of elderflower, apples and pears on the palate. Good by the glass,’ said Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair, with Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison adding: ‘Clean and crisp, juicy and long.’

£8.29 Kingsland

Louis Michel & Fils, Chablis 1er Cru, Forêts 2011, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Classic minerality and rich mid-palate set this apart. ‘Intense, leesy nose with yellow apple notes, a high level of minerality on the palate, and good acidity keeping freshness in a rich palate,’ said Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place. ‘Vibrant nose, very peachy on the palate, with a beautiful texture,’ added Debbie Smith of 21212.

£18.96 Enotria&Coe

Jean Goulley, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmains 2011, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Charles Pashby-Taylor of Dabbous highlighted the ‘fresh, grassy nose, nice floral balance and fresh acidity’ of this example, while Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair found ‘creamy fruit, long length and complexity’.

£18.35 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Laroche, Chablis 1er Cru, Les Vaillons 2010, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Top class, clean and vibrant, juicy and precise, with long, defined character,’ enthused Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison, with team leader Jade Koch adding: ‘Soft caramel, very enticing, with good mineral Chablis character and a fruity, breezy finish.’

£21.40 Liberty Wines

Albert Bichot, Domaine Long-Depaquit, Chablis 1er Cru, Les Lys 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bright, zippy fruit, very well held together, with great fruit structure, smoky mineral notes and warmth on the finish,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison adding: ‘Complex, nutty, with chalky mineral character.’

£15.00 Soho Wine Supply

Domaine Laroche, Chablis Grand Cru, Les Blanchots 2009, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Oaked, but harmoniously so, with a touch of honey on the nose. Still retains classic Chablis coolness and chalkiness, making a spectacular food match,’ said team leader Richard Bampfield MW, with Xavier Rousset MS of Texture and 28º-50º adding: ‘Complex and balanced, rich but showing plenty of personality.’

£38.35 Liberty Wines

Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot, Chablis 1er Cru, Vaucoupin 2012, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Nice depth, a good example, with salty minerals and richness on the finish,’ said Debbie Smith of 21212, with team leader Richard Bampfield MW adding: ‘Understated style, but very appetising and a great food match.'

£17.75 Alliance Wine

Daniel Séguinot, Chablis 1er Cru, Fourchaume 2012, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Textbook Chablis,’ said team leader Richard Bampfield MW: ‘Fine, lightly mineral, fresh and invigorating character, chalky and compelling with good intensity and length.’ ‘Saline, mineral nose, with bruised yellow apple fruit, limestone chalk notes and medium acidity,’ added Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place.

£13.45 Boutinot

Boutinot, La Colombe, Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Mineral, very stony character, but elegant and ripe on the palate, with good balance and freshness,’ said Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair. Charles Pashby-Taylor of Dabbous agreed: ‘Nice balance, lees and fresh minerals.’

£10.25 Boutinot

Domaine de la Motte, Chablis 2012, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Typical style, with flowery notes, chalky mineral, integrated acidity and good length,’ said Xavier Rousset MS of Texture and 28º-50º. Team leader Richard Bampfield MW agreed: ‘Cool, a touch vegetal, distinctively Chablis with light chalky mineral.’

£9.65 Boutinot

Domaine Louis Moreau, Petit Chablis 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£7.68 Kingsland

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos 2011, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£22.77 Kingsland

Domaine Laroche, St Martin, Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£13.60 Liberty Wines

Jean-Marc Brocard, Organic Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmains 2013, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, La Lotte, Chablis 2013, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£10.25 Boutinot

Maison Jean Defaix, Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£11.90 Bibendum

 

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