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Chablis Grand Cru
"Preuses"
2022

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Simonnet Febvre Chablis Grand Cru
"Preuses" 2022 Bouteille
  • Appellation

    Appellation Grand Cru

  • Grape variety

    100% Chardonnay.

  • Soil

    Kimmeridgian clay and limestone.

  • Average age of the vines

    50 years

  • Yield

    54 hl/ha

  • Vinification

    50% oak, 50% stainless steel vats.

  • Ageing

    5 - 10 years

  • Serving Temperature

    Between 12° - 14°C.

  • Situation

    The Preuses vines are located in the northern part of the Grand Cru area where the south-easterly aspect ensures morning sun. The available soil is shallow, producing a subtle and delicate wine with a light yellow colour.

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    Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2022 - The World of Fine Wine - February 2024 - 93/100

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    • Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2022 - The World of Fine Wine - February 2024 - 93/100

      This is a domaine wine. It's more exotic than their Clos. Greengage aroma, then a super succulent and juicy palate, which carries to a persistent and aromatic finish chased up with minerality. 2027-35.

    • Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2021 - James Suckling - July 2023 - 94/100

      Complex smoky nose with aromas of Amalfi lemon, pear skin and flint. A highly structured Grand Cru Chablis that's still tightly wound, but will surely have a long life. Quite a firm tannic finish at the moment. Very limited production. Drinkable now, but best from 2025.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2021 - Burgundy Report Bill Nanson - February 2023

      A little narrower nose but much more vertical with mineral depth and slightly floral higher tones. Mouth-filling with such a vibrancy to this flavour - the most dynamic of energies for this one - a wine of managed power and a finishing of almost sparkly complexity. That's a super wine - but be patient.

    • Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2020 - Vert de Vin - June 2023 - 16.5 / 93-94

      The wine has a pale lemon-yellow color. The first nose is reserved, but the wine opens up after aeration. It expresses notes of lemon, lemon zest, fresh quince, green apple, hay, tangy apricot, white peach, fresh pineapple, as well as touches of white flowers (acacia, lime blossom, apple blossom), herbs (fresh green tea leaves, lily), a touch of vanilla, nutmeg, fresh hazelnut, toasted brioche and lemon yogurt. On the palate, the wine offers more expression and complexity. We find spicy and toasted flavors (vanilla, clove, hazelnut and toasted almond), a hint of toasted brioche, as well as concentrated fruits (ripe lemon, lemon jam, candied orange zest, fresh pineapple, fresh apricot, yellow peach), complemented by floral and herbaceous notes (acacia, orange blossom, dried grass) and a delicate lactic touch (apricot yogurt). The finish is fresh, chiseled and tangy, with very good persistence, a slight bitterness and delicate honeyed notes. A wine with complexity and substance.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2020 - Wine Spectator Buying Guide - February 2023 - 94/100

      An elegant white, offering delicate floral, peach and lemon cake aromas and flavors and a beautifully integrated frame. Subtle yet focused, lingering on the cleansing mineral-infused aftertaste. Drink now through 2028.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2020 - Wine Review Online - Dec 2022 - 95/100

      Unsurprisingly for a young Grand Cru, Simonnet-Febvre's "Preuses" takes time to reveal itself in the glass. But when it does, look out. It explodes with a barrage of flint and stones all supported by riveting acidity. A long and luxurious finish confirms this is a great youthful Grand Cru Chablis. Give it a decade.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2020 - July 2022 - James Suckling - 95/100

      The stunning nose of ripe orange and apricot, without any hint of opulence, pulls you into this concentrated and beautifully balanced Chablis Grand Cru. Just a touch of oak. The mineral acidity gives this so much energy and brightness. Very long finish with the noble austerity that makes us love these wines. Drink or hold.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2019 - 94 pts - James Suckling - July 2021

      Lovely orange-blossom nose with a ripe-orange note that slowly emerges as it aerates. Then freshly mown meadows. Concentrated and elegant with tons of chalky and salty minerality, making this is a very classic Chablis. Drink or hold.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2019 - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide - 95/100 pts

      Ripe flavors of yellow pear and grapefruit are accented by slicks of yogurt and Brie in this weighty, rounded wine. Vinified and matured entirely in stainless steel, it's powerful yet restrained, anchored by an earthen, mineral backbone. The wine needs time to open and develop nuance. Approach from 2024. It should improve through 2035.

    • Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2018 - James Suckling - 93 points

      Aromas of jasmine flowers, peaches, lemon pie and toasted almonds. It's medium-bodied with bright acidity and a subtle, toasty dimension. Focused and delicious. Lightly creamy. Drink or hold.

    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2017 - Burghound.com - USA - October 2019 - 91/100This is actually quite aromatically similar to the Blanchot though there is a bit more classic Chablis character and in particular iodine. The attractively textured, delicious and vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess a refreshing salinity before culminating in a clean, moderately dry and focused finale. This harmonious effort isn't exactly steely but it does offer fine persistence as well as medium-term aging potential. 91/2023+
    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2017 - James Suckling - February 2019 - 94/100An exotic and quite ripe, almost candied edge, but this is underpinned by extremely assertive acidity that really bites and lights up the palate. This has richness and that trademark Preuses acidity, bringing a lemon sherbet-like spark on the finish. Drink or hold.
    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2017 - Jancis Robinson - January 2019 - 16.5/20

      Something quite floral on the nose. Edgy and fairly stony. Pretty classic. Drink: 2023 - 2030

    • Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016 |90-100 - Tim Atkin - January 2018
    • Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016 |90-100 - The World of Fine Wine - March 2018Very concentrated, creamy, powerful; a big structure wrapped in flesh. Salty, powerful, lovely balance and richness. Feels as though the creaminess comes from oak, but apparently there's no oak. Aromatic and succulent. - Margaret Rand. (We confirm, there is no oak!)
    • Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 2016 - James Suckling - February 2018 - 94/100Ripe and bold but with great freshness. This is an imposing and elegant wine with a rich lemon-tart character. Flinty and salty, a very long, super-elegant finish. Drink or hold.
    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2009 - Burghound.com - USA - 91/100
    • Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - USA - 91/100
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