Jean-Marc Brocard, Les Clos Grand Cru, Chablis, France, 2014 through Merchant of Wine.

Jean-Marc Brocard, Les Clos Grand Cru, Chablis, France, 2014

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Overview of the Wine
Some twenty years ago, Jean-Marc Brocard chose to establish his estate in Préhy, a small village near the town of Chablis.... At that time, one of his in-laws, Louis Petit, taught him about the vine and at the same time instilled a deep sense of tradition and respect for nature. Boosted by this knowledge and determined to dedicate himself to a vineyard, Jean-Marc Brocard planted a hectare of vines within the appellation of Chablis.

As a perfectionist, Jean-Marc Brocard naturally erected his purpose-built cellars in the centre of his vineyard to give the grapes his constant attention. Such dedication together with the best quality Chablis soil produce an exceptional wine with a typical mineral style. It is elegant and full of character. Jean-Marc Brocard’s boundless dedication to wine has borne fruit: the Brocard estate now comprises 80 hectares of vines, 65 of which are adjacent to the cellars.

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Chablis, Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes
This 100% Chardonnay is from the famous and vast Chablis Grand Cru vineyard Les Clos. 2016 was tough in Chablis, there was frost and hail storms and yields were low. However, the surviving fruit went into some truly classic Chablis, lemony, bright, fresh, and built for long ageing. The critical acclaim is in abundance so we’re going to save our breath and let the journalists flip the script and wax about this incredible wine.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This vineyard is regarded as the finest of the Grand Crus, certainly for its more serious character. This 2014 has great complexity, toast and spice mingling with the mineral and white-fruit flavors. It is obviously set for long-term aging with its wood still not fully integrated. Drink this impressive wine from 2020.  Cellar Selection

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
Bottled in February 2016, the 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a refined bouquet that as I mentioned last year, you could easily mistake for a Chardonnay from the Côte de Beaune. It is clean and precise, just a touch of flint giving away its Chablis origin. The palate is very well balanced with squeezed lime and citrus fruit on the entry, hints of dried orange peel, fine balance with a touch of spice lending it an almost Les Preuses-like personality on the finish. Enjoy this Les Clos over the next 8-10 years.

Product size: 750ml
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