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

SKU #1122685 94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from two parcels of vines that total 2.55 ha, or 22% of the entire appellation). If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning.  (9/ 2012)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-green. Lemon, lime, grapefruit pith, white flowers and spices on the nose. Densely packed but quite elegant and subtle, with a seamless texture and excellent acidity giving the mid-palate an impression of energy and lift. Really saturates the entire mouth without leaving any sense of weight. Finishes smooth and vivacious, with superb lift and aromatic persistence. A great vintage for this wine. Seguier believes that this was the best terroir in 2011.  (7/ 2012)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis Les Preuses covers every corner of the palate with beautifully delineated, vibrant fruit. Despite its obvious richness, the 2011 isn’t overt, but rather a wine that impresses for its overall balance and harmony. The Preuses was racked the week prior to my visit. I won’t be surprised if it comes in at the high end of my scoring range once it is bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Opulent, stone fruit character with really tangy acid on the finish. Lively, characterful and quintessential for Chablis grand cru. Very chalky finish. 17/20 points.  (2/ 2013)

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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.
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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.