2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A classic Chablis nose of mineral reduction, oyster shell and green fruit aromas merges into sappy, rich and powerful flavors that possess more refinement than usual on the long, sappy and beautifully detailed finish. I'm impressed that this seems to have to rusticity and in this sense, it's a bit atypical.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A Riesling-reminiscent amalgam of fresh lime, white peach, chalk and salt marks the nose and palate of Fevre's 2008 Chablis Bougros, which in a role reversal from vintage norms is firmer and adamantly more mineral than its 2007 counterpart. Its tactile, seemingly crystalline and pungently peppery sense of minerality and fruit skin chew folded into an almost sweetly ripe peachiness would be at home in Austria's Wachau. Smoky, chalky, and alkaline notes add to a remarkable diversity that informs a dynamically interactive, energetic, intractable finish. Expect this to gain some depth if you wait a few years and to perform well for 8-10 if not longer.
The broad character of Bougros is evident here in this rich and creamy wine. Delicious pear and sweet grapefruit flavors combine easily with a delicate touch of wood, leaving a fine, juicy acidity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good pale yellow. Restrained aromas of fresh apricot, pineapple and spices; showed riper stone fruit notes as it opened in the glass. Sweet, tactile and elegantly styled, with strong acids framing and lifting the intense peach flavor. Already boasts a lovely fat texture and considerable pliancy but this wine really needs three or four years to express itself.
Wine & Spirits
2008 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Blunt at first, this takes time to extend beyond its potent leesy pallor, developing a sense of pure chardonnay fruit that is remarkable in its length. The bluntness turns toward cool minerality as the fruit extends to lemon essence, to a breeze off an apple orchard in flower. It has the clean clarity of Chablis, gaining in complexity with air as it will in bottle.
This rich white's supple texture softens the acidity and frames the lemon pie, yellow plum and grapefruit flavors. There's a savory hint on the finish. where a chalklike feel lingers. Best from 2012 through 2022.
Clay-rich topsoil on earth deeper than the Côte Bouguerots with a southwest exposure. A structured palate which is always very rich and creamy. Characteristics of the appellation are a rich bouquet with intense mineral notes. Full and round, yet firm and massive on the palate.