Esprit de Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru AC, 2011, 13%, 12.99 UK pds

It’s been a long day with Robin Hood. Nottingham was lovely, and hot. Hot, very hot. Given this, I’m sure Maid Marian would have approved of our decision to finish the day off with a little Chablis.

This wine was purchased at Waitrose and produced by the Cave des Vignerons de Chablis. The Chardonnay vines used to create this Chablis are planted on the right and left banks of the Serein River, on those famous Kimmeridgian clay soils.

Clear and bright, deep lemon, with light legs noted. It’s youthful and clean with medium plus intense aromas of lemon creme, Granny Smith apple, quince, minerals and rocks. The creaminess comes from the wine being matured on fine lees in a combination of tanks and small oak barrels for 12 months.

On the palate, it’s dry with high acidity, medium alcohol and medium minus body with medium plus flavour characteristics echoed on the palate of lemony cream and yellow grapefruit, yellow and green apples, Asian pear and a beautiful minerality. The finish is a satisfying medium plus.

Really WSET ‘very good’ wine – great acidity and minerality, well balanced fruit and complexity. And what a deal.

Steal from the rich and give to the poor. Share this Chablis with everyone.

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