Very light, cloudy lemon yellow color; ripe lemon, lightly saline, vanilla, Puligny-Montrachet-like nose; tasty, rich but poised, tart lemon, mineral, saline palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish. 93 points
3. Domaine William Fèvre
Domaine William Fèvre owns substantial parcels in some of Chablis’ greatest vineyards, like top Premier Cru site Montée de Tonnerre. They regularly make some of the finest Chablis. The wines are now made by Didier Séquier. 2010 is a great, cooler, high acid vintage for Chablis.
4. Tyler Winery
Justin Willett, owner/winemaker of Tyler Winery, worked as assistant winemaker to Joe Davis at Arcadian until 2007. He started this label in 2005. The focus is solely on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from select sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Justin seeks out older vines, picks early and uses new oak sparingly (no more than 20 percent).
Lightly cloudy lemon yellow color; poached pear, hazelnut nose; tasty, rich, ripe pear, ripe lemon, pear cream, and mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish (from block planted in 1973). 93 points
Twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner make wines from vineyards they planted in a cool Santa Cruz Mountains location starting back in 1980. The early Chard vines they planted are own rooted, i.e., not grafted onto phylloxera-resistant hybrid rootstock. The winemaking is very gentle, and the results are elegant and tasty with very good acidity. This is one of three single vineyard Chards they make.
Light lemon yellow color; appealing, mineral, tart lemon nose; tasty, poised, ripe lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish. 93 points
Light yellow color; focused, salt air, tart pear, tart apple, brioche nose; tight, lightly oily textured, tart pear, tart apple, reduction palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish. 92+ points
6. Domaine Séguinot-Bordet
Jean-François Bordet is the current president of the Chablis Wine Board. He took over making wine from his family’s 14 hectares of vineyards from his grandfather, Daniel Séguinot, in 1998. This old vine bottling from the terrific 2010 vintage is a great value.
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