Terroir: Tete d'Or is sourced from 28 year old vines from a domaine-owned a south/southeast facing 3 hectare parcel at the foot of the Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru in the heart of the Chablis appellation.
Vinification: Grapes are manually harvested, pressed and macerated at cool temperatures for 7 days. Fermentation entirely in temperature controlled stainless steel. The wine is aged for 12 months in 80% stainless steel, 20% oak.
Attractive white gold color with delicate, pale green reflections. The nose offers citrus and white flowers. The palate is refined, smooth and rich. Everything is perfectly balanced: lively yet discreet, mineral without being dry, fruity yet refined.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
On the crisp side, if refreshing and focused, displaying apple, lemon and white flower flavors. Shows fine length, remaining very clean and sleek overall. Drink now.
Score: 87 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Palish bright yellow. Very ripe, almost candied apricot aroma. Fat and sweet on the palate, conveying less energy than the 2016s that preceded it in my tasting. A bit exotic and blowsy, not to mention dominated by its oak element today. This is a full 12.8% natural alcohol but with low acidity of 3.45 grams per liter. Finishes a bit dry. I wanted more tension.
Score: 88 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames the slightly riper aromas of white orchard fruit, lemon and sea breeze. There is a bit more volume and richness to the generously proportioned yet intense flavors that possess better depth and length. I wouldn't describe this as entirely classic but there is enough typicity to be at least persuasive.
(blended the day before my visit, for bottling in September; 20% oak): Bright, pale yellow. Apple, yellow peach and spices on the zesty nose. A step up in concentration and personality from the basic village Chablis: tactile and brisk, with lemon and lime flavors accented by dusty minerality. Finishes with a dusty phenolic character and good length. Very good potential here.
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