Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis (Burgundy, France) “Vieilles Vignes de Sainte Claire” 2022

($28):  Chablis remains one bright spot in Burgundy for consumers because its wines remain underpriced, and a great value compared to those from the Côte d’Or.  What they may lack it opulence compared to New World Chardonnay or the Chardonnay-based wines from the Côte d’Or, they make up for with a riveting minerality and focus.  There is no more consistent producer in Chablis than Jean-Marc Brocard.  This stellar Vieilles Vignes de Sainte Claire bottling is an extraordinary village wine, combining a flintiness with depth that is uncommon outside a premier cru bottling.  A delight to drink now, Brocard’s Vieilles Vignes de Sainte Claire bottling takes on a touch more weight with a couple of years of bottle age, so there’s no rush.  I just bought six bottles of it and am kicking myself for not buying a case.
93 Michael Apstein Jan 30, 2024