2011 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru

Brocard’s 2011 Premier Cru Chablis from Vaulorent has acquired a luxurious patina of age

2011 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru

I love Chablis with a bit of age. My husband, Steven, and I purchased this bottle on a visit to the Brocard domaine in 2014, then laid it in the cellar to transform into a potent nectar.

Now, ten years after its harvest, the wine was still a vibrant gold and shot with greenish glints. The fragrance was lightly reductive at first (it was in this bottle a long time), but soon unfurled in a sense of lime peel, lemon thyme, earth, and wet rocks. Texturally the wine was huge and coating, its expansive pineapple midsection ornamented with flavors of baked apple, candied lemon peel, lemongrass, and mango. It was silken, the acidity like satin, with a finish that went on forever, exhaling in a sense of daffodils.

On Day Two the wine expressed a more profound sense of age, a sense of nut and honey, but it still felt fresh, the palate sappy and succulent, the flavors suggesting citrus and spring air.

We’ll have to go back soon for more.

2011 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru

12.5% ABV | €20; purchased in France in 2014

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