(30% New wood). Tasted after the Montmains. This is more straight and lean. Beautifully bright and clean - a 'ting' to this, a clarity of expression. Delicious crisp lines - the fruit is good but more yellow and green - peppy - and juicy. Mineral and fresh even if there is a weight to the fleshy core. Wet pebbles up front then bigger more full fruit flavours to the back. Nice play on the palate. A really enjoyable Chablis. L&S (Nov 2019)
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