2016 Chablis Grand Cru La Moutonne Monopole
Appellation wise La Moutonne is a curiosity. It is a monopole vineyard that is 95% Vaudesir and 5% Preuses. It captures the sun but is also protected from the winds. It can be incredibly backward but this year it seems quite expressive and particularly mineral. Lean (in a good way) lively and fresh but a brooding sense of weight and purpose. Could be very sepcial.
`The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru la Moutonne has a pleasing bouquet, well defined with flint and smoke scents at first, a touch of honeysuckle and jasmine following just behind. I appreciate the complexity here considering the vintage. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, more cohesive than its fellow grand crus from Long-Depaquit with fine salinity on the finish. Very fine.` 90-92 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.
`Fuller cloudy medium yellow. Reticent nose hints at lemon, orange and anise, with an element of minerality providing lift. The broadest and richest of these young 2016s but not yet filled in, with yellow fruit and citrus zest flavors complicated by a sexy element of spicy oak. The tangy finish features a touch of youthful bitterness but spreads out nicely on the back end. This more serious grand cru will need time.`91-93 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com