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2010 Chablis

For those of us with Burgundy lovers on our list, the best values and quality levels this year can be found in the minerally, high acid and ageworthy Chardonnay-based wines of the Chablis region. 2010 was an exceptional vintage there, and I’ve tasted many great wines so far from 2010. These are wines that can be enjoyed now, or laid down for several years.

My picks for the best price/value options I’ve tried yet from this stellar vintage are from one very well known producer, Domaine William Fèvre, where the quality has been getting better and better in recent vintages, and from a much less well known producer, whose proprietor/winemaker happens to be the current head of the Chablis Winemakers Association, Domaine Séguinot-Bordet.

Domaine William Fèvre owns substantial parcels in some of the greatest vineyards, and regularly makes some of the finest Chablises, especially since the oak treatment has been dialed back following the sale of the domaine to Joseph Henriot in 1998. The wines are now made by Didier Séquier, who came from Bouchard.

The Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Vieilles Vignes is an astonishing value, at under $23. The Fèvre Les Clos, from Chablis’s greatest grand cru, will set you back about anywhere from $80 to $95, depending on where you find it.

Under $50

2010 Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Vieilles Vignes - Light yellow color; lively, tart apple, pear, tart lemon nose; tasty, crisp, precise, tart lemon, tart pear, mineral palate showing salinity and medium acidity; medium-plus finish (from vines averaging 65 years old) 92+ points

Under $100

2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos - Bright light yellow color; mineral, tart lemon, very fresh and sweet oyster jus, light lime nose; very tasty, lime, mineral, deep tart green fruit palate; needs 6-plus years; long finish 95 points

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  • Did Richard Jennings ever live in Roswell New Mexico?
    Thanks,
    John

    Dec 06, 2012 at 1:51 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Jennings
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    Hi John. No, I never had the pleasure of living in Roswell.

    Dec 06, 2012 at 1:58 PM


  • Snooth User: Russ Beebe
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    An outstanding lineup, Richard - most especially in the way you presented it as gifts you would enjoy receiving yourself. A very practical (and delicious) viewpoint!

    Dec 06, 2012 at 3:55 PM


  • Snooth User: PFBG
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    The picture shows a Rosso not a Brunello. Altough you can have very good Rossos, they don't compare to the simplest Brunello. Don't you agree?

    Dec 06, 2012 at 5:55 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Jennings
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    Russ, thank you for the kind words. I always try to select gifts for people that I would be happy to receive myself, and that philosophy has served me well.

    PFBG,
    I totally agree that it would be the very rare Rosso that would hold a candle to most Brunellos, but there are also some lousy Brunellos out there, so we'd have to make rare exceptions. Good catch though.

    Dec 06, 2012 at 6:26 PM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    I have always gave the RAMOS PINTO 20 yr. tawny for gifts. Is the Taylor Fladgate just as good?
    Frank

    Dec 09, 2012 at 8:52 AM


  • How about a muscat?

    Dec 09, 2012 at 11:34 PM


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