December 17, 2010

2008 Jacques Bourguignon Chablis - $8

Light and pale in color. No nose what so ever. Flavor is pretty light too - a bit citrusey, some hints of pear and apple, not a ton of finish... nothing offensive, just not a ton to get excited about

thumbs down - 70


  1. Dear Brendan,
    With all due respect (and you've tasted more wine than I have, I'll wager), I think you should give this one another go.
    From your description, and from what I tasted when I drank the very same wine recently, it tastes exactly the way a Chablis is supposed to taste. Now, my bias is that too much Chardonnay (and this Chablis is 100% Chardonnay) is nothing but an oak bomb. Whereas Chablis is a Chardonnay that's been treated the way the grape used to be treated before Americans discovered Kendall Jackson. I hope that make sense.
    In sum: I didn't jump for joy when I drank it, either, but I would reach for this before many of the wood-burdened Chardonnays on TJ's shelves.
    Carry on, I enjoy the blog, but I wanted to comment on this one bottle.

  2. Frank, always great to hear what others think. I'll keep my eyes open for more Chablis to try.

  3. I agree with both Brendan and Frank. I am just back from a trip to France, via Chablis, and went to TJ to feel I was still on vacation. Well, there are definitely much better wines in Chablis than at TJ, but again this one is at TJ's price (8$!) and is so much more honest than any California "wood flavored" Chardonay. (And no headache the next morning...).