2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Domaine Les Lys" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122732 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis Lys comes across as tightly wound, partly because of its recent racking, one week before this tasting. Still, the richness and power of the old vines come through in the wine’s muscular personality. At the same time, underlying veins of minerality provide backbone. Citrus, grapefruit and white flowers wrap around the finish. Didier Seguir told me this parcel in particular had a high percentage of shot berries. It is interesting to see how the old vines compensate for the northern exposure in this site. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (domain wine, from 60-year-old vines): Pale, bright yellow-green. Pure, perfumed nose offers pineapple, white peach, flowers and white pepper; smells ripe and deep. Then round, chewy and concentrated but quite fine-grained, with strong lemony acidity cutting the wine's fat. Finishes tactile, lightly saline and long, with a bit of lingering spice. Offers impressive structure and volume for a "left bank" Chablis. The yield here was a very moderate 46 hectoliters per hectare, according to winemaker Didier Seguier.  (7/2012)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is almost achingly elegant with its airy nose of essence of tidal pool, mineral reduction and rose petal. The racy, intense and beautifully precise flavors are salty, clean and bone dry and though they are less complex than those of the Montmains, they are delicate and superbly refined.  (9/2012)

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