Saturday, December 10, 2016

Classic Chablis from Duplessis

As this year nears the end, it is worth noting that next year, The Wine and Cheese Place will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a bang.  Stay tuned next year for more details.  
I bring that up because of this producer has a long and important history with us.

This wine always has been a favorite.  It is the wine that helped us discover Dan Kravitz Hand Picked Selections back in the early 90s.  There was an amazing review of Duplessis Les Clos by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate (that was when you get the Wine Advocate in the mail, I don't think the internet even existed yet).  I remember it saying only 150 cases made.  I contacted Dan Kravitz about getting his wines in Missouri and he said yes, we got this small production Chablis in our store....and we still bring his wines into Missouri.

Ecocert - certified Organic.  One of the few in Chablis!
Biodynamic as of 2013 also

Great to see the latest vintage get a big score!
2014 Duplessis Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru...$59.99
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos was matured for six months in barrel (15% new) and 12 months in vat. The bouquet is very attractive with white flowers and hints of dried honey infusing the citrus fruit, harmonious and nicely focused. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, full of energy and tension with touches of stem ginger, dried orange peel and sea salt towards the harmonious and tender finish. This is a gorgeous Les Clos from Duplessis that is going to mature beautifully over the next decade and more.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

When I first started learning about wine many, many years ago, I was told to always look for Fourchaume 1er Cru Chablis, it was the closest in flavor to Grand Cru that you can get. I still am a fan of Fourchaume.

2014 Duplessis Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru...$34.99
The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Fourchaume was quite reticent on the nose, a little austere compared to others that I tasted from Duplessis at the domaine. There is an earthiness here--a stubborn Chablis, perhaps. The palate is well balanced with a saline entry. It does not possess huge depth, but there is plenty of freshness here and the vein of brown spice and white pepper towards the finish is welcome. This improves in the glass, gaining cohesion and mineralité. This is one of the best examples from this Premier Cru that I tasted.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Duplessis Chablis AC....$24.99
Known as the antiquarians of Chablis, the father and son team of GĂ©rard and Lilian Duplessis have gained a reputation for their “immortal”, age-worthy wines and unparalleled store of older vintages. For those who love the intense minerality and glacially slow development of great Chablis, these are wines of reference. A classic Chablis in every sense, offering well defined citrus, green apple and floral aromas, and a strong underlying mineral character. Excellent with seafood of all types, especially oysters and scallops. As of 2013 the wines are completely biodynamic.

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