42 dollars fifty: Denis and Isabelle Pommier Chablis 2014
Wine name and vintage: Domaine Denis Pommier AC Chablis 2014
Producer: Domaine Denis Pommier
Region: Chablis, France.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay
Closure: Screwcap, praise the Lord!
Price per bottle: $45
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
3 points. Good presence.
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
3 points. Plenty to enjoy, mainly at the savoury and mineral end of the spectrum but with a caramel edge.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
17 points. Classic Chablis minerality and perfume.
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Zing!
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Textbook cool climate white palate.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
Highly drinkable. The hotter the weather, the more drinkable this gets. 17.5 points
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
3 points, provisional.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
7.5 points. The screwcap will see it through for a very long time and the palate will surely hold together well but there probably isn’t the kind of aromatic volume that would make it a long term cellaring prospect. But excellent in the medium term.
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
7 points. Not an eccentric, specially not by Chablis standards, but still distinctly, wonderfully close to the Chablis ideal.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
4 points. Unoriginal but attractive, traditional and classy.
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
It’s Chablis and it’s organic and the domaine is a good one, if not a famous one. 7 points
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
76-80 highly recommended
81+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.