93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 A reserved bouquet of lemon oil, dried white flowers and beeswax introduces the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, a dense, full-bodied and concentrated wine that's quite firm and structured on the palate, showing considerable promise. It hails from two parcels at either end of this climat.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Billaud's 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot was another wine cropped at very low yields, around 20 hectoliters per hectare in this case. Offering up a pretty bouquet of citrus blossom, peaches and pears that's subtly framed by a discrete touch of oak, it's full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a broad attack, a fleshy core and a precise but delicately exotic finish.
96/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru is another rock star wine. Powerful and explosive, with tons of underlying saline energy, the Blanchot is a mind-bendingly beautiful Chablis endowed with tons of character. Exotic floral notes add striking shades of nuance, but it is the wholeness of the Blanchot that stands out most.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Billaud produced a mere 450 liters of the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, a full-bodied, fleshy wine that's deep and concentrated, redolent of honeycomb, orange rind and vanilla pod. Despite its broad shoulders, it's racy and precise and concludes with a saline finish, but it won't be easy to find.
96/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru is a terrific example of just how compelling this vintage is at the top end. Weightless and classically austere, the Bougros offers so much intensity, but in the understated manner that is so typical of first-rate Chablis. Soaring citrus, floral and mineral-infused aromatics add to the wine's sheer appeal. Aging in larger format oak really helps the wine preserve freshness.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses offers up lovely aromas of orange blossom, oyster shells, iodine and beeswax. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fine-boned, elegant and precise, with ripe acids and a saline finish. It's a fine rendition of this ethereal climat.
94/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru is another super-expressive wine in this lineup from Samuel Billaud. It has terrific salinity and energy, if a bit less dimension and texture than the very best wines in the range. In this tasting, it comes across as a mini version of what this cru is tends to express.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 Marugg's 2018 Fläsch Chardonnay Bovel is very clear and intense yet subtle on the bright and elegant nose. Intense and rich on the palate, the is an elegant and rather smooth yet fine and serious Chardonnay with good freshness and some phenolic bitters on the finish. Food wine. 13% alcohol. Tasted in Zurich in December 2019.
95/100 Punkte Falstaff, April 2019 Funkelndes, sattes Strohgelb. Betörende Nase, präsentiert sich zunächst mit Feuersteinnoten, dann viel reife Frucht, Ananas, Babybanane und getrocknete Erdbeeren. Gehaltvoll und vielschichtig am Gaumen, tiefgründig, sehr langer Nachhall mit feinen Nougatnoten, zeigt sich noch sehr jung.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2016 Friuli Isonzo Rive Alte Chardonnay Vie di Romans is exotic and tangy, just slightly ripe and absolutely beautiful. The notes of exotic fruit and papaya are almost incomparable in definition, with some sweet cinnamon mingling in there as well. The mouthfeel is silky and long, with an esoteric or abstract quality that is hard to put into words but remains mysterious and attractive nonetheless. Enjoy this barrique-aged Chardonnay with someone who can appreciate this level of craftsmanship.
94+/100 Punkte Vinous Dec 2013 Kante won't release his 2008 Chardonnay Selezione La Bora di Kante for a few years, but the wine is shaping up to be a jewel. Ash, smoke, graphite, peaches and apricots are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. I can't wait to see how the 2008 develops. Today it is shaping up to be another jewel.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Okt 2016 A new special cuvée introduced in 2014, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée A Tempo Blanc is an even split of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, all from the Mont Pertuis lieu-dit, that was aged in a mix of very old barrels and stainless steel. There#s a scant 100 cases produced and it has terrific, saliva-inducing minerality as well as ample citrus blossom, white peach, mint and a sea breeze-like saltiness. Tight, focused, medium to full-bodied and with impressive density, it needs 6-12 months of bottle age, and I suspect will keep for over a decade.
94-95/100 Punkte Vinous Apr 2016 Brilliant straw. A powerful, expansive bouquet evokes mineral-accented Meyer lemon, pear, iodine and jasmine. Sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate and display a suave blend of richness and vivacity, with no undue weight. Juicy, taut and strikingly concentrated, displaying the tension of a Grand Cru Chablis. Finishes minerally, floral and extremely long, conveying a repeating floral quality. This should turn out to be a stunning wine, by any measure, and as white Châteauneuf goes, it'll be monumental.
97/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 One of the best white Châteauneufs I've tasted#outdoing its fine performance last year prior to bottling#the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee A Tempo is equal parts Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, vinified and aged in a combination of barrique, concrete egg and stainless steel. Full-bodied, rich and lush, it shows honeyed bergamot and pineapple fruit balanced by clean citrus and anise notes. Bravo!
96/100 Punkte Vinous October 2018 Transparent yellow-gold. An impressively complex, mineral-accented bouquet displays aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, nori, buttered toast and jasmine, and a hint of anise sneaks in as the wine opens up. At once deep and lithe on the palate, offering vibrant Meyer lemon, pear, gingerbread and fennel flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Displays superb tension and thrust on a mineral- and floral-driven finish that refuses to let up. I'd have absolutely no problem lining up this remarkable wine alongside a group of high-end Grand Cru white Burgundies from that region's biggest names.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff April 2019 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Floral unterlegte feine gelbe Tropenfrucht, ein Hauch von Hollerblüten, zart nach Grapefruitzesten, einladendes Bukett. Saftig, dabei leichtfüßig und mineralisch, frischer Säurebogen, salzig-zitroniger Abgang, ein facettenreicher Sommerwein.
91-93/100 Punkte Falstaff Juni 2017 Dunkles Goldgelb, Orangereflexe. Blumiger Duft unterlegt mit etwas Eibischteig, Sternanis, ein Hauch von reifem Marillenkonfit, süßliche Edelholzwürze, attraktives Bukett. Gute Komplexität, engmaschig, zarte Gerbstoffnoten im Abgang, eingebundene Säure, Maracuja im Nachhall, gutes Potenzial.