2007 Chablis Grand Cru, Valmur, Domaine William Fèvre (Pre-Arrival)

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Don't Miss! and yet another rave from Allen Meadows' Burghound, who gives this 93-96 points: "An extremely deft dash of wood is barely noticeable and merges seamlessly with highly complex aromas of limestone, lemon, oyster shell, sea breeze and white flowers. This is a big, powerful and incredibly precise wine with magnificent flavor authority and seemingly endless reserves of sappy extract. Tightly wound and still very youthful but the extract buffers the intense acidity and completely coats and stains the palate on the finish that is so intense that I had to ask for a short recess before we continued. In short, this is an absolute knock-out and if you admire Valmur as an appellation as much as I do, this is one 2007 you won't want to miss - just be prepared to have some patience." (10/08) And 92-94 points from Stephen Tanzer's International WIne Cellar: "Pale, green-tinged color. Explosive, perfumed aromas of mandarin orange, lemon and mint; less jammy than the Vaudesir. Then minerally and saline in the mouth, with terrific cut and energy, not to mention depth of flavor and texture. More strict today than the Vaudesir but this will make a superb bottle. Plenty ripe on the back end, but dominated by minerality in the early going. " (06/08) Please note that this wine is not here at this time, and is being sold on a pre-arrival basis. Arrival is expected in June of 2009.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.