If you're one of the few, and not already up to speed, French "White Burgundy's" (read chardonnay and this also includes the appellation of Chablis) of the last 16 years have been plagued by a scurge call "premox", short for "premature oxidation", which I've abbreviated in my usage of the term to just the simple "pox". So bad has "premox" affected the makers of this famed region, many a (former) fan (me included) now all but desist from buying from this region and, somewhat expectedly, have sold off their holdings of what, in the past, should, at its best, be profound and ageworthy juice. The problem is an utter disgrace and is still to be (re)solved and until it is, I'm sure the region's reputation will only sink further into the sewer.
So if one is to try anything from the region the "word" is to try it before it turns five and pray that it's still ok. This is a rogue bottle I bought some time ago for a good price. I've had a very good run from this maker and, touch wood, no "pox" from this domaine to date. Luckily the "gods" were smiling on this bottle.
Colour is a pale green/straw with incredible sheen; the nose packed with a superb, very fine, almost flinty assembly of white flowers, salty minerals, sea shells with delightful counterbalance from green melon and light citrus (mostly lime with just a hint of orange rind) fruit followed by a near identical nuanced zippy, linear palate riddled with a saliva-inducing crushed stone acidity throughout its terrific length. This should last for many years, but how does one know when these expensive mongrels are about to drop the ball, lay down and die? 93
on this brilliant showing (drunk over two nights with no deterioration - 13% A/V).
If you are interested in this issue, try this link to gain an insight to the ongoing problem - http://oxidised-burgs.wikispaces.com/