2012 Moutard Diligent Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons, Burgundy
Score : 91/100
This French Chardonnay wine comes in a rathe intense lemon-yellow color with gold hues making it look shiny and bright.
The nose is intense also, with buttery and oaky aromas dominating at first smell. Swirl the wine and spices come out: nutmeg, white pepper, underlining the toasted hazelnut notes. Not a lot of primary fruit, perhaps a touch of floral character, as the whole feels light and somehow mineral despite the dominant oaky tones.
The palate reveals that the perceived minerality comes from a great acidity and tension within the wine. Yes, it is also rather rich and somewhat full-bodied, but the stunning acidity brings in so much freshness and perfects the balance so well that the whole feels mineral rather than weighty.
The flavors are those of a Chardonnay abundantly aged in oak: vanilla, toasted hazelnut and toasted bread, and butter. But this Chablis also has a wealth of freshness and crisp tension it never feels heavy. Touches of zesty lemon flavors, and confirmed hints of floral notes help with that.
A delightful Chardonnay for those who love oaky and quite buttery flavors in it, without the weigth and heavy feel to it.
Instead, you get the acidity, tension, and saline minerality many love in Chablis, combined with the flavor richness of oak-aged Chardy. The best of both worlds?
I’ll let you try it and give your thoughts about it…