Tuesday, June 24, 2008

2003 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

Here's some words of wisdom for you: never lock yourself in with a title because you never know when it's going to need changing.

Haha, this is OneWinePerWeek yet, why so many wine reviews lately? Well, I still only have one 187.50 ml glass of wine per night, thus taking four nights to drink one bottle, but I have a glass of wine six or seven nights per week.

So do the math: that means the title of this blog really ought to be One and One Half Wines Per Week (6 nights) or One and Three Quarter Wines Per Week (7 nights). But alas, it is too late to make the switch because so many people (like 12 of you) already know me by this name and I don't want to confuse anyone.

I just hope I am not violating any truth in labeling/advertising laws.

On to the review: this premier cru Chablis came from Garagiste and was a reasonable $18.99.

This sure didn't seem like a Chablis. Appearance-wise it was a light-medium gold color, lacking that greenish tinge characteristic of Chablis. Big, bold, ripe and rich with buttery oak and fruit in the aromas and flavors, it didn't have any of the characteristic flint or steel, either. The aftertaste hung around for a long time.

Is that a reflection of the vintage? I think so. I've read 2003 was a "hot" vintage in the region and this certainly shows it.

This seemed more like a big white premier or even grand cru Burgundy. "Big" is the key word here. Thumbs? It was a very concentrated, flavorful wine and I enjoyed it, but I don't know what to say about how "Chablis-like" it was. I wasn't expecting this. Was the influence of 2003 that much? If so, they really let it shine through in this bottle.

Here's the accompanying YouTube video. Click here if you can't see it below.

Here's the link to the CD at Amazon.com:Brasilero

So please stay tuned for the next chapter at OneAndAHalfWinesPerWeek. Or a little bit more maybe.

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