2005 Frederick Magnien Chablis Les Clos
Chablis, Burgundy, France
 
WB Rating: 90

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $24.58 (North Berkeley Wines)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I've had at best medium luck with Frederic Magnien wines, and I was concerned that the low price on this Grand Cru Chablis was not a good sign. However, it is a gem, overflowing with flavor and class. Beautifully pure nose of Chardonnay fruit with no obvious oak character. Lots of lemon/lime citrus, roasted nuts, subtle lees/yeast, and an attractive smokey/herbal edge. In the mouth, crisp and pure as the driven snow yet round and mouth-filling with a lingering, fruit-dominated finish. Purchased during a super sale at North Berkeley for less than $25! - HK 2010-01-15

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