Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis (Burgundy, France) “Ste. Claire” 2019

($24):  Jean-Marc Brocard, one of my favorite producers in Chablis, consistently makes a stunning array of wines.  I can’t remember a wine from them that failed to impress.  The family-run estate farms organically and shuns the use of new oak barrels because they want to emphasize the character the site imparts to the grapes.  This one, a “simple” village Chablis, is outstanding — not simple at all.  You can almost taste the limestone it’s so mineral-y and cutting.  There’s real depth here, which is why it stands apart from so many other village Chablis wines and is more engaging than many producers’ premier crus.  It’s a bargain for what it delivers.  A delight to drink now, this wine will be perfect for summer seafood, so stock up.  You and your guests will be pleased.  There’s a case in my cellar.
93 Michael Apstein Mar 2, 2021