Colin: Prôles et Chétivins 2005

Made of 100% Chardonnay from old vines from lieu-dit “Prôles et Chétivins” in Vertus. Dosage of 1 grams. Light golden color with very fine fast raising bubbles. The nose is surprisingly mineral and dynamic with chalkstone, mimolette, dried honey, Earl grey tea with bergamot, acacia flowers and a green overtone of fern. Swirling the glass revealed pure coffee beans and nougat. The mouthfeel is energetic and the mousse coats all of your palate. You get citrus, red apple with peel, mirabel plum, golden raisins and almonds. On the mid palate you get roasted and salted cashew nuts. Quite a long finish with lemon, dried basil, strong chalky minerality and even a hint of coffee and cocoa  shining through. The balance is okay but a little more dosage would make it less angular on the finish. If I had this blind I would have guessed that it was Avize and a vintage 2008 recently disgorged. I wouldn’t recommend to age it long term. This wine would pair well with sashimi. Recommended.

Rating: 83/100