2009 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1063812 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Somewhat curiously, in 2009 this is actually a bit more elegant with a ripe, pure and pretty nose of apple and white orchard fruit aromas that lead to dense, powerful and muscular broad-scaled flavors that manage to keep fine detail on the palate staining finish. This is by no means as refined as the Côte de Bouguerots but it's not overtly rustic either.  (10/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Reticent but pure nose hints at citrus peel and minerals, along with a high-pitched floral note. Firm on entry, then dense, citrussy and precise in the middle, showing very good intensity but coming across as quite tightly coiled today. Finishes with very good grip and saline minerality. This is a baby now and will need several years of cellaring to reveal its inherent complexity.  (8/2011)

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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.