2007 Domaine Pascal Bouchard Beauroy, AC Chablis Premier Cru
I've had a rocky relationship with chardonnay. It's one of those grapes that's really influenced by the producer's style. I absolutely detest what is the norm for chardonnay in the New World - big, creamy, oaky, alcohol-y. No character, no balance.
Fortunately, I found Chablis.
Chablis has that chalky soil that gives the wine great minerality, on a steely acidic backbone. The wines have the weight and creaminess of chardonnay, but this incredible freshness that makes it the perfect pairing for seafoods.
This is one of the first 2007's released by LCBO. From the Premier Cru vineyard Beauroy, I was excited to taste, as 2007 was a very cool vintage, yielding acidity that (should) give the wines austerity and presence. I decanted, on ice, and tasted after 3 hours.
A deep golden colour, but quite light at the rim. A subdued nose - very serious. Stewed apples and pears on the nose, with chalky minerals. Austere, with reserved fruit. On the palate, there is a very high acidity. Slight bitterness on the finish. Lingering. Quite delicious, in fact. This is a very serious wine.
Although not a profound experience as the 2005 I tasted, this wine is a good example of the expression that Chablis can achieve. I'm interested in seeing how these will age. Looking forward to see more 2007's being released, hopefully soon.