2009 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis

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90 points and a Smart Buy from the Wine Spectator: "Aromas of oyster shell and wet stone overlay melon and ripe apple in this round Chablis, which is open and supple, with a lingering, juicy finish that shows citrus accents. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made." (12/11) According to Wine Enthusiast: "A great success, showing ripe fruit and smoothness, laced with fine acidity. It has a creamy, toasty feel, rich green plums and a rounded warm texture." (9/1/2011) The maison & domain of Simonnet-Febvre were founded in 1840 by Jean Febvre, a barrel maker by trade from the town of Montbard. In the early days, the house was known for its sparkling Chardonnays from Chablis, known today as Crémant de Bourgogne. Over the years, the Febvres acquired holdings in some of the greatest terroirs in Chablis. Today, the domain comprises approximately 9 acres, crowned by a 2/3 acre plot in the Grand Cru vineyard of Les Preuses with 3.5 acres of 1er Cru Mont de Milieu and 4.7 acres of communal Chablis vineyards.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/2/2011  | Send Email
This Chablis strikes a perfect balance between the classic style and the more forward riper kind. No oak treatment, as it was all done in stainless steel tanks (As it should. I'm a purist, what can I say...). Crushed sea shells, lemon meringue and ripe citrus fruit with some floral notes as well. Really delicious and approachable. Can't remember of any other Chablis in this price range with this much pedigree.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/1/2011  | Send Email
This is intriguing AOC Chablis. It is loaded with succulent mineral notes, lemon curd flavors and a vibrant long finish. The acidity is mouthwatering and should keep this wine drinking well for a few years to come. This is beautifully clean, pure and expressive chardonnay. Oysters anyone?

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 12/24/2011 
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A rather creamy Chablis with green apple, citrus, stone and mineral notes and a crisp finish. A lot going on in this wine - a great value!

 By: j stevens |  Review Date: 11/7/2011 
Glad to see you have added this one, I was about ready to order some from a competitor. I am far from a wine expert, but love Chablis and this is the best Chablis I have found that I can afford to drink on a daily basis. In other words I am cheap, and this is very good quality to price.

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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.