Robert Parker – 95
The 2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses bursts from the glass with scents of orange oil, warm bread, crisp stone fruits and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and enveloping, yields of only 23 hectoliters per hectare mean that it’s immensely concentrated, with racy acids and a long, pungently intense finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
50–60% fermented in French oak barrels (aged 6 years on average). The remainder is vinified in small stainless-steel vats. Aged 14–15 months, of which 5 to 6 months on fine lees in French oak barrels for 50 to 60% of the harvest. The end of maturation occurs in small stainless-steel vats. Tank sample. Creamy citrus intensity, with just a bit of SO2 intruding on this young sample (samples need protection en route). There’s an oily spice too as well as Chablis’ hallmark stone dust. Powerful, with lots of ripe but tangy citrus fruit on the mid palate and both precision and intensity. Long and with good ageing potential. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2034