2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)

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93-95 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "This would be almost impossible to miss the origins as the marine influence on the pungently mineral, airy and superbly elegant nose is extremely strong with Chablis character to burn. The seductive middle weight flavors brim with dry extract, which does a perfect job of buffering the structural elements on the mouth coating and sappy finish that seems to go on and on. About the only distinction between this and the other grands crus is that the finish is perhaps not quite as precise as that of the Valmur but otherwise, this is very Preuses and very classy juice." (10/09) 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer: "Pale green-yellow color. Cool aromas of citrus fruits, powdered stone and spearmint, with a hint of oyster shell reduction and a high note of lemon zest. Juicy and bracing, with a slightly green, herbal quality suggesting moderate ripeness. This is showing more acidity than the Valmur, and it's not yet integrated. Tactile but youthfully metallic on the back end. Winemaker Seguier says this cuvee dominated a tasting of 2008s the day before my visit, but today this is distinctly minty and tight." (Jul/Aug 09) ETA: 04/30/10

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, Mâcon, 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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.