La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, Chablis, $138, cork
I can't believe my fish haven't featured here before; it's time that the little darlings appeared in a few posts. This is the basic Chablis on sale at Park n Shop and I thought I give it a go when I saw it discounted from its supposed usual price to $98. The commune of La Chapelle Vaupelteigne where this comes from is on the right bank of the River Serein where chalky soils dominate. Having a look online it appears that this same wine is sold by Marks and Spencer in the UK. Vincent Sauvestre Chablis 2007 is a lovely golden colour. Initially it’s all big, bold and surprisingly tropical, but as it warms in the glass it smells more citrusy. It tastes rich and lush, with flavours of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, peach, more citrus and just a hint minerality. Initially I described it as “creamy”, but scribbled this out and replaced it with “full” and “round”. It’s a well balanced wine with a persistent finish that has just a hint of sugar. I drank the last couple of glasses at room temperature which really showed off its smoothness. It’s a quality wine, but unfortunately not as 'Chablisesque' as I was expecting - it could have been mistaken for a New World Chardonnay - good juice though.
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