96 insider Points 

REVIEWS

"A fantastic new vintage from a proven producer with amazing value! Courtault does a fantastic job with the high quality fruit. A classic nose of lemon custard and limestone, a mineral rich palate with fresh lemon and a nice firm mouth feel, lots of racy acidity and a long, clean finish.  This winery has received rave reviews recently, and the new vintage is consistent with the high expectations.  Be the first to get your hands on this fresh release!  Enjoy now through 2020."
--Premier Sommelier Team

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Chablis AOC, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Antonio Galloni writes: “Long-time Chablis lovers will be happy with the classic-in-a-modern-style 2014s,” which were made in a challenging vintage in which Pinot Noir definitely took a back seat to Chardonnay. 2014 produced “intensely aromatic” whites, says Decanter.

A kick of citrus zest, savory white fruits and a tangy, sea-salt finish: the finest Chablis is straightforward yet seductive, energetic yet satisfying. Jean-Claude Courtault’s wines capture the best of Chardonnay in its native habitat with no exotic frills—these are honest wines that reflect Chablis’ impeccable and unique terroir like a liquid mirror.

Jean-Claude moved to Chablis with wife Marie-Chantal, leaving their native Touraine in the Loire Valley to manage an established domaine. Despite the rigors of his day job, the couple soon began buying parcels of their own in Chablis, with the goal of producing their own version of this imitable wine. Interestingly, the Courtault’s Chablis displays a Loire-like verve and minerality along with laser-like acidity. Those who love flinty Sancerre will recognize similar notes of saline and chalk in this 2014 white Burgundy, while Chablis fans will rejoice over this cold-climate 100% Chardonnay from a husband-and-wife team who do things exactly right without breaking the bank.

TASTING NOTES 

A step up in complexity and concentration, with an unmistakable tension and energy drawn from of Chablis’ chalk-rich soils. Mint, lime zest and sugared Meyer lemons.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The Courtault estate practices sustainable farming techniques on all of their 42 acres of vines, and the wines produced are made as naturally as possible, with minimum intervention in the cellar and no new oak to cloud their purity.

The Family’s vines grow on hillside vineyards facing south/southwest, on pure Kimmeridgian soils—Chablis classic terroir. For this wine, Chardonnay grapes go through fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The young wine matures in tank as well, with lees contact, which adds richness and a subtle yeasty note to the finished, super linear and bracingly clean white. 

The family’s vineyards are made up of small plots scattered across various Chablis villages, with the majority in Lignorelles and Beines, and some smaller parcels in Fye and Villy. The Chablis vines grow on hillside vineyards facing south/southwest, on pure Kimmeridgian soils, the classic terroir of the region. Grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and aged also in tank, on fine lees.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Grilled chicken and herbs; young French cheeses; fresh shellfish. An outstanding match for shellfish, of course, this concentrated white Burgundy is just as delicious with grilled or roasted poultry and tangy cheeses.