The 2009 Jacques Bourguignon Chablis is a Trader Joe’s exclusive, selling for $7.99. Chablis is the northernmost growing region in Burgundy, France and almost all of the grapes grown in Chablis are Chardonnay. The cork says, “Mis en Bouleille dans nos Chais,” which means “bottled in our cellars,” this indicates that someone else grew and produced the wine and Jacques Bourguignon only bottled and labeled the wine. Since this is a Negociant wine who grew the grapes and produced the wines is not released. The alcohol content is 12.5%.
The color is a shiny, pale, golden yellow. The nose is citrus, orange and grapefruit, apple blossom and the smell you get when you color Easter eggs. It is light bodied, but full flavored, lemon, lime, tangerine mingled together and are as creamy as they are tart. The mid-palate brings some dusty minerality and there is a pretty decent buttery Sierra Mist finish.
A Chardonnay from Chablis selling for $7.99 is a good deal, I found this wine selling on-line for about $20 in Great Britain. The Jacques Bourguignon Chablis should be of interest to California Chardonnay fans, there are similarities, but Chablis Chardonnay brings some different flavors and textures. The price is right to take a chance on this Chablis.