92 points Wine Advocate Oct 2018
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is lovely, offering up notes of orange blossom, mandarin oil and salty oystershells. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, stony and tensile, with good cut and a saline finish. It’s a classic, mineral Les Preuses that should drink well for a decade.
La Chablisienne is a force of nature in Chablis, vinifying and bottling fully one quarter of the entire appellation’s production and offering 13 premiers crus and six grands crus. Sometime winemaker and long-time ambassador Hervé Tucki, joined by director of winemaking Vincent Bartement, characterized theirs as “a somewhat traditional idea of Chablis.” Tucki stressed that La Chablisienne works with their growers throughout the year, offering advice on farming and prohibiting certain chemical products that are permitted by the law. Musts are tasted and analyzed to determine their quality and are fermented in numerous small lots. While some 80% of La Chablisienne’s wines come into contact with oak, there is no notable new oak influence. In general, the wines see between 12 and 18 months on their lees before bottling, with one single bottling for each cuvée to minimize variation (something that’s surprisingly uncommon in Chablis)