White, Ready, but will improve

2014 Chablis, Grand Cru, Les Clos, Domaine Long-Depaquit

2014 Chablis, Grand Cru, Les Clos, Domaine Long-Depaquit

White | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Long-Depaquit | Code:  47177 | 2014 | France > Burgundy > Chablis | Chardonnay | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate - The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos is raised 65% in stainless steel and 35% in wooden barrels for ten months, plus another six all in stainless steel. It has a slightly smudged bouquet that should be more detailed. The palate is straightforward with green apple and nectarine notes, but there is little mineralit or tension here. This should be better given the vineyard and the quality of the superior Vaudsir.
Neal Martin - 31/08/2016

The Producer

Domaine Long-Depaquit

Domaine Long-Depaquit

The origins of this domaine can be traced back to 1791 when Jean Depaquy and his brother Simon moved to Chablis in the aftermath of the Revolution, "for their health". They purchased vineyard holdings and the domaine developed into one of the most renowned in the village. In 1967 the Beaune-based négociant Albert Bichot took a controlling interest.

The domaine has cellars that were fully revamped in 1973 and which are located in a small courtyard in the middle of the village of Chablis. There are 62 hectares of vineyards which includes holdings in 4 Premiers Crus and 5 Grands Crus. Pride of place belongs to the 2.35 hectare Grand Cru monopole La Moutonne. Situated in the heart of the Grand Cru amphitheatre, the vineyard produces wines of purity, finesse and marvellous definition of fruit.

The Grape



Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region



One of the most famous wine names in the world, Chablis has suffered from numerous imitators. Fifty years ago there were just 400ha of vineyards in Chablis, but today there are 4,900ha. Both the generic and Premier Cru vineyards have doubled since the early 1970s, and now include areas of Portlandian as well as traditional Kimmeridgian clay. 

Being further north than the rest of Burgundy, and on a different type of limestone (the aforementioned Kimmeridgian, with some Portlandian), the wines are subtly different in style – a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality that makes them so suited to seafood. Purists believe that only the Kimmeridgian soils, with their traces of marine fossils, should be used.

The outlying Portlandian vineyards are designated as Petit Chablis, although the vast majority of production is classified as Chablis, without any vineyard name. Forty vineyards are classified as Premier Cru, however several of these are grouped together to make 11 more commonly-used Premier Cru designations. The seven Grands Crus are clustered together in a group that overlooks the town of Chablis and the River Serein.

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