Chablis 1er cru Beauroy, Domaine de la Motte 2019
I have always sought good 1er Cru Chablis, one of the reasons I founded FromVineyardsDirect, as it was becoming increasingly expensive from traditional merchants. When I went to Domaine de la Motte 12 years ago now, after seeing it had 3 stars in the Guide Hachette, met the owner and tasted his wine. I knew this was a real winner, and at a remarkably reasonable price. I have drunk it happily ever since.
The new 2019 vintage is an excellent Chablis vintage, scoring 19 out of 20 in the current edition of Guide Hachette des Vins.
Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
How does the wine taste?
It is rich and full with ripe citrus and white fruit. It has the flinty minerality that one expects from a really good Premier Cru Chablis, with a subtle toasty note from a touch of oak. The citric flavours and minerality remain prominent over a very long finish. Delicious.
What do the critics say?
Reviews of the previous vintage.
"Tasted just over a year ago, this wine really impressed: a Chablis Premier Cru with a touch of creamy oak to smooth the pristine Chablis apple and flint character. Now, the wine tastes just as sleek and refined, but that vivacious core of steely precision is even more evident, wrapped in a sheen of oatmeal but riveting in its freshness and vitality. A great price for a Premier Cru of this undoubted quality."
Tom Cannavan, TheWinePages.com
"The Premier Cru vineyards of Beauroy lie to the north west of the town of Chablis. This is a strikingly good-value example, with a leesy (sic) roundness and texture. It retains the classic Chablis steel, is well balanced, and shows citrus, appley fruit."
Wine of the Month, Decanter Magazine
"Good golden fruit, good substance too, the fruit buoyed up on the palate by all that oak as well. A nice midpalate texture, attractive, a touch honeyed, and a nicely defined finish.a good wine. 16+/20"
Chris Kissack, Wine Doctor
"The 2019 Domaine de la Motte Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru is a complete delight and hats off to FVDs David Campbell for finding such a toothsome Premier Cru Chablis at such a modest price. Fermented in barrel, it has delicious hints of nuts, vanilla and toast behind the enticing lemony/melony top notes."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
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