2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122681 93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 4 separate parcels totaling 4.11 ha, 3 of which are all at the top of the slope). This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort possesses exquisite balance and the tightly wound flavors are going to need at least a decade to completely bloom. A knock out.  (9/ 2012)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fevre’s 2011 Chablis Les Clos is seriously intense. The Clos is another wine that saturates the palate with endless layers of aromas and flavors in a style that is all about persistence and length. The 2011 will require time, perhaps quite a bit of it, but it is striking for its purity and delineation. This is a very strong showing from Fevre and winemaker Didier Seguir. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/ 2012)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-green. Calcaire-driven aromas of citrus peel, mint and powdered stone, plus a whiff of coconut. Densely packed and seamless but youthfully closed; in a powerful, distinctly dry style, showing tightly coiled energy. Expands dramatically in the mouth and on the very long aftertate, coating the palate with flavors of citrus fruit, mint, dusty stone and almost metallic minerality. A real vin de garde for the vintage. Seguier noted that he used zero new oak for the 2011s; William Fevre gets its used barrels from Bouchard, which is under the same ownership  (7/ 2012)

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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.
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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.
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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.