2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bougerots" (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $90+)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is every bit as elegant as the Valmur with a cool, pure and ripe nose of white flowers, lemon, wet stone and sea breeze that is trimmed in subtle wood nuances. There is a driving minerality to the gorgeously textured, intense and tension-filled medium weight flavors that possess excellent volume while sliding gracefully into a bone dry cuts-like-a-knife finish. This just exudes essence of Kimmeridgian and blind it would be just about impossible to guess anything but Chablis. A great vintage for this wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Superb lift to the aromas of musky minerals, lime, ginger, quinine and elderflower, complicated by pepper and toasty nuances. Suave, seamless and sappy, boasting outstanding energy, cut and inner-mouth perfume to its explosive ripe citrus, mineral and pepper flavors. This very dry, broad grand cru finishes with terrific peppery lift, building length and a magically light touch. A beauty.
Slate, smoke, oyster shells, citrus and dried flowers are some of the many notes that open up in Fèvre's 2012 Chablis Bougros Côte Bouguerots. Weightless and translucent in the glass, the 2012 impresses for its crystalline beauty and exceptional overall balance. Bright, saline notes support the striking, deeply saline finish.
Melon, apple, stone, seashore and earth aromas and flavors ride the vivid structure, finishing long. A grapefruit peel note lingers. Shows some flesh, too, delivering terrific balance and drive. Drink now through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots comes from a steep 45-degree part of the grand cru vineyard. It has a very intense bouquet with a strong mineral component that cannot be ignored. This demands attention! The palate is very well-balanced with a touch of orange rind and spice on the entry. There is good weight, hints of dried honey, citrus peel and quince on the back palate with a very precise finish. This is one hell of a precocious Chablis. Drink 2016-2030.
97 points John Gilman View from the Cellar: "The 2012 Côte de Bouguerots is equally stunning, as it offers up a pure and very complex bouquet of pear, apple, tangerine, complex, very chalky minerality, citrus blossoms and incipient smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very, very soil-driven in personality, with great mid-palate depth, vibrant acids and outstanding length and grip on the racy and classic finish. This will drink a little sooner than the Valmur and last every bit as long! (Drink between 2020-2060)"-Nov/Dec 2013