Château de Maligny Chablis 2009
The Chateau de Maligny has been just about our favorite Chablis producer for many, many years. Their wines are always crisp and reflect the mineral and chalky soils of the Chablisien. At this price, it's *a great intro to the wonderful world of Chablis*.bq). Ripe green fruit flavors of plum and melon are backed by herb and stone accents. Drink now through 2013. - winespectator.com
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Maligny's Petit Chablis ("Petit Chablis" being an area on the outskirts of Chablis proper) shows fantastic purity in a stream of mineral laced fruit. An expressive array of tree fruit flavors - pear, white peach and crispin apple. Not a hint of oak in this medium- to light-bodied, zingy wine.
I've loved the wines from Chateau Maligny for years, and the 2009 vintage promises to be one of their greatest yet! Even at the basic AOC level, this Chateau is famous for releasing spectacular whites, with well-balanced fruit, subtle minerality, and racy acidity. I'm a huge fan of drinking this slightly chilled (remember, the colder it is, the less you will taste) on its own, but for pairing I'd definitely recommend any type of fresh seafood, grilled chicken dishes, or green salads with vinaigrette dressing.
Though the Petit Chablis is often overshadowed by its big brother AOC, Chablis, it would be a mistake to pass up the Maligny. The Chardonnay grapes used to make this well-balanced and racy white Burgundy are sourced from vineyards contiguous to some of the best vines in Chablis. Fresh and ripe, with effusive melon, pear and tart green apple flavors, this would be a winner with scallops, lobster or sushi.
Fresh and grassy with lemon zest and an intense, almost sizzling minerality. Underlying these more vibrant notes runs a warm and persistent vein of pear, honey and nutmeg. Dynamic, intense, and satisfying.
The 2004 vintage was fabulous throughout France, and this Chardonnay exemplifies just how good - and affordable - white Burgundies can be. An apple blossom aroma precedes lacy Asian pear fruit wrapped closely around stony minerality, a trademark of Chablis. The finishing acidity lends just a trace of salinity that makes it the perfect partner for creamier dishes such as seafood bisque or leek quiche.
Chablis is a region of France's Burgundy region responsible for some of the most distinctive expressions of the Chardonnay grape. On the limestone rich soils of the area, Chardonnay produces wines that can be steely, yet rich with orchard fruits and mineral tones. Unlike the typical white Burgundy, most Chablis sees little or no new oak which allows the grape to express itself with a purity that barrel aging can obscure. Often quite reticent in their youth, Chablis may require several years of ageing in order to be able to fully express the depth and richness it keeps in reserve.
It's a tribute to the magnificent growing condition of the 2000 vintage that enable a Chablis this inexpensive to be this good. Crisp, flinty and polished, with textbook mineral and stony elements that converge in a zesty, vibrant finish.