Before the notes, I think it is time to single out Barry. Barry is one of the only wine bloggers I know who has 30 years of wine tasting under his belt, is one of the only guys reviewing German wines (he lives there), and Barry has a cellar that I am seriously going to break into. So, what is the connection between Barry and a Premier Cru Chablis? This wine was suggested to me by Barry in response to my naked chardonnay post last month. Always on the lookout for good Chablis ideas, I rushed out and bought some.
The 2004 Domaine des Malandes "Vau de Vey" (Chablis Premier Cru) was white gold in hue, with a nose of "minerally lemon brioche", followed by some pine and honey notes, and a subtle petrol smell which is often found in Rieslings (and this Jura wine). Overall, I found the nose rather simple. On the palate this was classic Chablis - bone dry, crisp and very minerally, very structured, focused, but a bit austere, rough around the edges. Probably the first white wine tasting note in a while (ever?) where I will say: "This wine needs some cellar time". Enjoyed over two evenings, but it was not a great pairing for the mandarin chicken or the pork tenderloin - I suggest you seek the bounty of the sea. Note that Barry scored the 2005 (a better vintage for Chablis) a bit higher than my 2004.
Price: C$29 (SAQ)
PS - It is not very often that I get to try three very different interpretations of Chardonnay in such close proximity. A smashing idea would be a blinded tasting of this wine, the Beringer Private Reserve and the Chateau Montelena - an old world, new world and mid-Atlantic smackdown! Volunteers?