2017 Thomas Labille Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

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Cuvée Price
2017 Thomas Labille Chablis 1er Cru 'Montmains'
$34.95
4 Pack Pricing ($32.49/btl; use code LABILLE) $129.96

 If you are a big fan of Chablis, please don’t miss this wine.  Thanks to our friend Bobby Conroy for introducing this amazing wine; I was shocked how good it was.  The wine offers fantastic pleasure right now with energy and complexity. I loved the pure lemon lime citrus with stony minerality, and that Chablis signature waxy, cheese rind on the midplate. The finish is long and complex and the wine gives everything you want from a great bottle of Chablis. - Daniel

While slenderly framed, I find that excellent Chablis is often the most flavorful wine on earth.  Chablis accomplishes this not by offering gratuitous richness, but through a certain compact concentration, a uniquely high ratio of flavor per volume. A peacock’s tail of flavor in a single drop. 

Labille’s ‘17 Montmains is an extraordinary discovery for us, both in terms of intrinsic quality and also in the highly distinctive textural profile this offers. There is so much dry extract here, but it is elegantly proportioned, diffused through every molecule of the wine.  The profile centers on that classic oyster/tidal pool character one encounters only in this magical place. - Jason

Thomas Labille previously worked at Domaine Laroche and is clearly a prime talent. His ambitions are grand as he recently joined forces with Etienne Boileau to launch the Domaine du Chardonnay in 2019. We’re extremely excited to see where he goes from here as the signs are nothing but promising. 

Montmains, is a fantastic 1er cru, which also contains the climats of Forest and Butteaux, on the left bank of Chablis. The site lies on an east facing gentle slope south by southwest of the Grand Cru amphitheater across the river Serein.  Cool winds snake past this valley vineyard while it also captures the morning sun.  

The Montmains undergoes alcoholic fermentation at low temperature in stainless steel followed by a very long elevage of 18 months on its lees in used barrels. The wine has a fine lemon pecorino nose and a beautiful mid-weight palate. There is gripping dry extract and the savory, chalky finish lingers. It’s difficult to imagine a better value white wine of such obvious quality. The shapes a bright container can contain!

- Spencer


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