2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesirs" (Pre-Arrival)

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93-95 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "Extremely discreet notes of wood set off the ripest nose among these grands crus in 2008 with orchard fruit and pure citrus aromas leading to impressively precise big-bodied and powerful flavors brimming with dry extract and more minerality than usual on the refined, intense and hugely long finish. A wine of class and grace but with no lack of muscle." (10/09) 93-95 points Stephen Tanzer: "(domain wine) Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent, enticing aromas of pink grapefruit, lime and minerals. Suave and brisk on entry, then wonderfully intense and vibrant in the middle, with impressive volume and an impression of sucrosite leavened by penetrating grapefruity acidity. A wonderfully energetic wine that finishes with an almost painful whiplash of flavor and outstanding length. The acidity here is in the 4.6 range, with a very low pH around 3.0." (Jul/Aug 09) ETA: 04/30/10

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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.