2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru "Côte de Bougerots" (1.5L) (Previously $175)

SKU #1132578 93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 2 ha parcel at the bottom section of the vineyard; even so, the vineyard is so steep here that it must be worked entirely by hand as tractors would be dangerous to use). This is also completely classic and even more aromatically complex with a plethora of sea shore nuances to the cool green fruit scents. On the palate this is dense, powerful and quite serious with brooding flavors that brim with dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the intensely mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This is the biggest wine in the range yet impeccably well balanced and if not exactly refined, then certainly not rustic either. A 'wow' wine.  (9/ 2012)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Veins of cool, vibrant minerality frame layers of expressive fruit in the 2011 Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots. This large-scaled, imposing wine is holding back much of its energy today. There is an implosive quality that is impossible to miss. The combination of fruit and intense minerality is highly appealing, even at this early stage. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Aromas of ripe peach, silex, crushed rock and lichee. Ripe, chewy and dry, with penetrating minerality giving the mid-palate a light touch but keeping it quite tightly wound. Comes off as much less silky and more taut than the Valmur. Most impressive today on the firmly structured, classically dry, very long finish, which leaves the palate saturated with dusty, saline minerality. Still, winemaker Seguier says that this wine, from a south-facing site, is 'easier' today then the estate's Clos.  (7/ 2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 This is the steep portion of Bougros from the flatter portion to the road. Ripe apple and lemon notes, yet very clean, pure and also dry on the finish. More delicate than the Valmur, more about finesse.  (6/ 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.
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.