We got our palates in gear with the 2011 Petit Chablis. Zippy citrus, green apple and green pear notes. Minerality was center stage, almost slippery, with lots of crisp, zesty acidity. Nicely balanced and paired beautifully with a simple mixed green salad with Champagne vinaigrette.
The 2010 Chablis "St Martin" was a great comparison. Bigger and rounder in overall feel with yellow apple and ripe lemon with the minerality a secondary player and the acidity brisk and refreshing.
Now to the stars of the tasting. These single vineyard wines definitely showed their individuality and their pedigree.
The 2009 Premier Cru Vaudevey had a very racy, laser focus to it. The fruits were ripe lemon and lime along with McIntosh apple. The minerality and yogurt creaminess fought for your attention while the acidity left you wanting more.
The 2009 Premier Cru Vaillons provided a lovely contrast. Bigger overall feel with ripe lemon, crisp green apple and ripe Fuji apple with stony minerality and zippy acidity.
The 2009 Grand Cru Blanchots felt like a laser beam. There is a roundness to the citrus and apple fruits while the minerality and acidity focused your attention down the middle of the palate.
The 2009 Grand Cru Les Clos was the total opposite of the Blanchots. Lemon curd and ripe yellow apple with a chalky minerality had a plush almost furry feel to it. Plenty of acidity yet such big, rich flavors.