James Stark, Sheffield, UK: I have to admit I don't know much about this though I do recall reading about a wet wool stage in the development of Grand Cru Chablis! Is even basic Chablis generally drunk too young or might it depend on the use of oak or lack of it when these non cru wines are best to drink? I ask as I recently discovered a last bottle of a case of Billaud Simon 1999 which I thought had all been drunk. At the time it seemed perfectly respectable Chablis –steely, fruity and refreshing but nothing to write home about. This last bottle however had developed a honeyed richness whilst retaining the steel and fruit and was...
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