2009 Domaine William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru "Domaine Les Lys" (Pre-Arrival)

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90-92 points Burghound: "A cool, airy and sophisticated nose offers up extremely fresh and pure aromas of stone, white peach and a hint of mineral reduction that complements the subtle, even delicate flavors that possess really lovely detail and ample minerality on the citrusy, clean and delineated finish. Lovely stuff fashioned in an understated style." (Issue 40) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "aging in 50% oak, none of it new) Lemon and ginger aromas are lifted by a violety high note, with a note of vineyard peach emerging with air. Fairly large-scaled and rich on the attack, with sweet citrus, white peach and spice flavors. Then more taut on the back end than the Vaillons, with an impression of strong acidity making this less easy to taste today than the Vaillons. From a north-facing site that produced a moderate 35 hectoliters per hectare in 2009, according to Seguier." (Jul/Aug 2010)

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