At last month’s Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne tastings in Burgundy, one of my favorites on Chablis day was the line-up of 2010s from Domaine Roland Lavantureaux. The Petit Chablis and Chablis are currently available in the US and very affordable.
In fact, when it was time to return stateside for a party that friends had planned, I emailed ahead asking them to procure the 2010 Petit Chablis ($21) from importer Kermit Lynch for the gathering. But it disappeared before I could re-taste it! My wine-loving friends were impressed especially with the pure aromatics of this entry-level wine and this was one of the few bottles that night to be completely drained.
2010 Petit Chablis – Soaring nose filled with candied lemon peel, chalky minerals and citrus blossoms, impeccably balanced, great verve and freshness, focused entry carrying same brightness and intensity through to crisp cleansing finish. Best of the Petit Chablis tasted today. EXCELLENT
2010 Chablis – Bigger footprint but not as precise in its step compared to the Petit, still lovely even tasted on the warm side. EXCELLENT minus
I also tasted the premier cru and grand cru. Lavantureaux was not sure that these would be imported to the US.
2010 1er Cru Fourchaume – Feels rather flat compared to the electricity and flattering fruit of first two, a step up in complexity. EXCELLENT minus
2010 Grand Cru Vaudesir – First vintage of grand cru for Lavantureaux, vinified in-house from purchased grapes to control all aspects of post-harvest production. The 20% new oak is not obvious in the flavor profile but shows itself in the open-knit mid-palate. More loft and fullness of flavor yet still dancing on a tight rope. OUTSTANDING minus