2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1107612 95-97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't miss!* An exceptionally fresh and intensely floral nose also offers up notes of lime, lemon, stone and iodine, all of which can also be found on the massively rich, concentrated and big-bodied flavors that are breathtakingly powerful and intense, all wrapped in a palate drenching and extraordinarily long finish. As impressive as all of these characteristics are, it's the sheer depth of underlying material that is almost hard to believe. Like the Preuses and the Valmur, this is a 'wow' wine that should develop for at least a decade though because of all of the dry extract, it will be approachable much sooner.  (10/ 2011)

94-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from a crop level below 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to Didier Seguier): Very pale green-yellow color. Pretty, high-pitched aromas of lime, white flowers and crushed stone minerality. Then quite rich, dense and powerful in the mouth, but with a light touch to the explosive flavors of citrus fruits and minerals. Best today on the mounting, dry, uncompromising finish, which dusts the mouth with minerality and returns with a whiplash of flavor. Time-capsule Clos in the making.  (8/ 2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 95+ points. The 2010 Chablis Les Clos is all about understatement and balance. White floral notes meld into white stone fruit in this utterly gracious Chablis. Clos can at times be fleeting and elusive, and there is certainly some of that in the 2010. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine’s textural finesse and sheer overall balance. I will not be surprised if the 2010 continues to get better in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/ 2012)

K&L Notes

From Jancis Robinson: "Rich, creamy, lightly spiced citrus aromas, thought the austere mineral foundation is still there. Chalky and stony in texture, softened by the creamy oak effect. Powerful but streamlined. The oak is evident but well integrated. Excellent length."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/6/2012  | Send Email
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So this is what Burgundy is supposed to taste like! That is seductive as all get out. My buddy actually had to pour more for me because I was so enamored with the wine that I finished it before it was really allowed to evolve. Now all I can do is stick my nose in the glass and swoon. Just the right amount of oak, and the perfect balance of citrus and minerality. I wish that I got to taste Burgundies of this quality more often!

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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.