The Tb points given to this wine are the world’s most valid and most up-to-date evaluation of the quality of the wine. Tastingbook points are formed by the Tastingbook algorithm which takes into account the wine ratings of the world's 50 best-known professional wine critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook’s professionals and users, the generally recognised vintage quality and reputation of the vineyard and winery. Wine needs at least five professional ratings to get the Tb score. Tastingbook.com is the world's largest wine information service which is an unbiased, non-commercial and free for everyone.
Base year, 2010. 100% Chardonnay from Léclepart’s estate vineyards in Trépail. Fermented in both enameled steel tanks and used barrels. Zero dosage. Light yellow; intense aromas of chalk, yellow plum, pear and a hint of biscuit. Medium-full with excellent concentration; a huge mid-palate, Outstanding persistence, very good acidity and a powerful finish, that is earthy and pungent. Wonderful varietal purity – outstanding Blanc de Blancs. If not for the bubbles, you might imagine you are drinking a Grand Cru Chablis! This will improve for at least another 10-12 years – and perhaps longer.
The current release of David Léclapart’s “l’Artiste” Blanc de Blancs is from the base year of 2010, with half of the vins clairs for this bottling barrel-fermented and the other half in enameled stainless steel tanks. This is a full malo bubbly and received no dosage. The wine is excellent on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a deep mélange of pear, apple, fresh almond, lovely minerality, crème patissière and a topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, vibrant and shows off gorgeous mid-palate depth, with fine focus and grip, frothy mousse and a very long, poised and seamlessly balanced finish. I liked this version even better than the 2008 base year version of l’Artiste I tasted last year during my two weeks in the region, and I wonder if this is a reflection of a bit of palate fatigue last year! This is really fine juice. 2016-2035.