91-92 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

94 Insider Points: 

REVIEWS

"(20% vinified in new and one-year-old futs): Bright, light yellow-green. Slightly reduced nose shows a strong flinty minerality. Smooth, rich and quite dry, with flavors of pineapple, flowers and spices complicated by suggestions of resin and silex. Firm acidity and solid minerality leave the taste buds quivering on the very persistent finish. The most complete of these 2011 samples, and in the rather gentle style of the vintage." - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media, 91-92 points

"My experience: This effort struts a melange of high beam fruit: Pineapple, apricot, lemon and grapefult. There's plenty of mouth filling cream that is viscous only to be wiped away with still taunt and cleansing acidity. Rich and lengthy- a wine that I would come back to in a heart beat." - Neil Mechanic, Invino 93 Insider Points

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    France, Burgundy
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

"Le Clos" is the most revered Grand Cru vineyard in Chablis. Only the most established producers have access and it is never priced like this.

I negotiated a great price for Premier Members with a producer that I've supported since my days of buying the restaurant business. Pinson's quality soars and in my humble opinion can perform amazingly well in a blind tasting with Domaine Fevre, Christian Moreau and Vincent Dauvissat.

The Pinson family knows a little about Chardonnay with a lineage of grape growing that dates back 350 years. Louis Pinson was one of the first wine growers in Chablis to sell their wines to the public. Today, the grandsons, Laurent and Christophe manage the house domaine with one goal, make incredible wines. They own 50 acres of such renowned single-vineyards as "Montmain" 1er Cru, "La Foret" 1er Cru, "Vaillons" 1er Cru and the daddy of all Grand Crus, "Les Clos".

I grabbed every single bottle the importer had which was not much. This is a great opportunity to experience the best that Burgundy can offer and at a price that makes sense. Cheers!

TASTING NOTES 

Part vinified in new wood and all aged in barrel before bottling after 15 months, this wine is up to the same standard of their great 2010. It has a fabulous nose, the wood perfectly integrated with a fine depth of powerful white fruit, excellent acidity and exceptional long term potential.

THE STORY TO KNOW

For more than 350 years, the Pinson family has produced wine. Domaine Pinson Frères ChablisLaurent and Christophe Pinson, worthy successors of their grandfather Louis, continue the family tradition, which began in 1640, date of the first official documents preserved by the family.

In 1940, Louis Pinson and his wife were one of the first wine growers in Chablis to bottle and sell their wines direct to the public. At that time, the domaine had a surface of approximately three hectares, and reached five hectares in 1982.

Enter the Grandsons

Following Viticulture-Oenology studies in the renowned wine college of Beaune, the two grandsons arrived, Laurent in 1983 and Christophe in 1987. Their objective was to improve the already excellent wines of the domaine. Today the vineyard has grown to 11 hectares (50 acres) in various appellations such as world renowned Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Chablis 1er Crus Montmain, La Forêt, Vaillons, Vaugiraut, and AOC Chablis.

Of course, the quality of the raw material is of primary importance, and the Pinsons work hard in the vineyard throughout the season. From pruning the vine to the all important grape harvest, all the vineyard work is carried out with the greatest of care, so that Chardonnay gives the maximum of its potential.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with a crab and lobster roulade drizzled with a fennel cream.