Kirkland Signature Chablis Premier Cru | Top Costco Wines
So there I am, wandering around Costco, surreptitiously updating my popular Guide to Costco Wine, when I spot the fabled unicorn: Costco Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru Chablis for $14.99 per bottle!
Hailing from Burgundy’s Northernmost growing region, the Chardonnays produced in Chablis are world-renowned for their tension, energy, and flinty, mineral-driven personalities. The best examples are both delicate and full of energy, but carry a price tag that’ll knock the wind out of you. For example, a Google search of [Premier Cru Chablis] yields the following shopping suggestions:
But surely you don’t have to spend nearly $200 per bottle to get a respectable bottle of Premier Cru Chablis. According to Wine-searcher, the price averages a far more reasonable $44 per bottle. But to the majority of consumers not used to lofty Burgundy prices, that’s still a lot of money for a bottle of Chardonnay – so I had to put the surprisingly affordable Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru to the test…
Appearance: Medium yellow with flecks of gold.
Nose: The nose reveals fragrant aromas of apple blossoms and lemon oil against a backdrop of subtle citrus.
On the palate: Medium in body, the Kirkland Signature Series Chablis Premier Cru is defined by its clean, understated personality with refreshing acidity providing lift and balance. Flavors of apple and pear mingle are grounded by orange peel and an undercurrent of minerality. The finish is clean and lingers with a nice spiciness.
Varietal Composition: Chardonnay
Origin: Chablis, France
Value Rating: 5 / 5
Where to get it: The Costco Wine Section.
Should you buy? Absolutely. If you’ve never tried Chablis, the Kirkland Signature Chablis Premier Cru offers is an immensely affordable introduction to the wines of this noble region. And if you subscribe to the “Anything But Chardonnay” school of thought because you’ve tried too many oaky, buttery Chardonnays (I don’t blame you, but even in California there’s a shift towards leaner, fresher Chardonnay) then you need a drop or two of Chablis in your life!
Value Proposition – Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru Chablis | Top Costco Wines
If you’ve never tried a Chablis, let alone one produced from classified Premier Cru vineyards, then the Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru Chablis offers an approachable and immensely affordable introduction to the world of Chablis. Frankly, the danger doesn’t lie in spending $15 and being disappointed, but in getting hooked on Premier Cru Chablis!
If you regularly buy $10 grocery store Chardonnay’s then this Chablis is going to be a completely different animal. No, it’s not going to outclass those exceedingly expensive bottles suggested by Google, but it will outclass many of those grocery store offerings and it’s just a fun, welcome departure from the mass-produced, mundane offerings you’re going to find there. Either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it, but if you’re at least a but curious about expanding your horizons then there’s plenty of personality here for the price.
If you’re fall on the other side of the experience spectrum, and regularly have the opportunity to drink Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chablis (lucky you), then you’re likely to appreciate the compelling combination of true Chablis character at such an “everyday” price point. You can either spend your time arguing that Premier Cru Chablis shouldn’t be reduced to such mass-market degradation or enjoy a glass and wonder how Costco was able to pull it off for less than $15!