After a difficult vintage in 2013, the producers in Chablis breathed a sigh of relief in 2014. Quality was generally good, as were supplies. Still, after several small vintages, 2014 wasn’t really enough to make up the shortfall. So it’s perhaps a little surprising that Costco was able to source a 2014 Chablis from two premier cru vineyards, Montmains and Les Beauregards, for its Kirkland brand.
The wine won’t take your breath away, but it’s a creditable Chablis. It’s floral and racy, with fleshy apple, pear and citrus flavors and a mineral note. When I saw the price – just $15 – I had to pick up a bottle to try. It’s well worth the cost and is more pleasurable than many chardonnays costing twice as much. Fans of unoaked chardonnay or anyone looking for an introduction to Chablis should check it out.