William Fevre Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2008
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
"Smoky, fusil crushed chalk and fresh lemon in the nose of Fevre’s 2008 Chablis Les Clos lead to a palate lusciously-brimming with fresh apricot, lemon, and grapefruit, suffused with chalk, white pepper, salt, iodine, green tea, and distilled herbal essences. Exhilarating and rejuvenating, this finishes with a tenacity, vivacity, and tactile presence hard to equal in the vintage. A gripping, ultra-mineral Les Clos, for all of its sheer fruit intensity, it makes no concessions to charm or winsomeness, particularly in its mineral-dominated finish, which some may consider austere. But few will be able to weather this cru’s gutsy intensity unbent, or scour its residues from their gums and lips. I suspect it will be worth following for a good 15 years, but even more than any of the other wines in the 2008 Fevre collection, this should be given a few years in bottle before one gets serious about drinking more than an introductory bottle.
The Wine Advocate
"Here too the elegance of the nose is simply stunning with a layered and perfumed aromatic profile trimmed in an almost invisible touch of oak that allows it to ooze Chablis character and in particular, a fine minerality that continues onto the impressively concentrated and palate staining flavors that possess striking precision on the explosively long and bone dry finish. This is a great Les Clos that will make old bones."
"Tight and steely in character, a serious wine that is all tight, mineral structure. It has great potential, its texture dominated by citrus and green apple elements. Age for at least five years."
"Pale yellow-green color. Manages to be both explosive and reduced on the nose, offering strong notes of lime peel, seashell, spices, mint oil, white flowers and smoky, flinty minerality. Extremely backward on the palate, showing hints of smoked ham and dusty stone. Less silky and tactile today than the C o te Bouguerots but this will ultimately be the more complex wine. The extraordinary palate-saturating finish is like chewing on rocks today. 95(+?) points "
International Wine Cellar
"Clean and focused, with apple, lemon, yellow plum and mineral notes riding a firm structure. This is balanced, showing a chalklike texture and a savory element on the finish. There's fine clarity and loads of power in reserve. Best from 2013 through 2025. 200 cases imported."
"This starts in the cellar, with scents of cool limestone walls and white mushrooms. Then it shifts into fruit, toward perfectly ripe apple and the mist off a squeeze of lemon zest. The fruit is framed by mineral acidity that brings out spice notes of acacia and lemon verbena. The clarity of the wine is what captures the imagination: chardonnay in its purest form. Astonishing now, it will bring joy in ten years' time.
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Coming from a family that has been in the Chablis region for more than 250 years,
William Fevre's father was already a great wine-maker after World War II.
His son William founded the Domaine de la Maladiere and announced his first harvest in 1959.
For many years, William Fevre (who to this day enjoys a very good reputation as a defender
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Chablis got a bad rap when its name was plastered on large jug wines in the 1980's and 90's. Luckily, the wine in those jugs has nothing in common with the actual region. Wines produced in Chablis are some of the most unique in the world. Typical descriptors of a classic Chablis include a greenish tinge on the wine, minerality and crisp acidity balanced by a round mouthfeel....
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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