2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bougerots" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1154335 93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 2.2 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 every bit as elegant as the Valmur with a cool, pure and ripe nose of white flowers, lemon, wet stone and sea breeze. There is a driving minerality to the gorgeously textured, intense and tension-filled medium weight flavors that possess excellent volume while sliding gracefully into a bone dry cuts-like-a-knife finish. This just exudes essence of Kimmeridgian as blind it would be just about impossible to guess anything but Chablis.  (9/ 2013)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (the yield here was 25 hectoliters per hectare in 2012, vs. 45 in 2011): Pale greenish-yellow. Subdued aromas of crushed rock, menthol and mint. Bright, dense, rich and backward, if without quite the sheer mineral tension of the Valmur. Penetrating citrus and stone flavors carry through to a whiplash of a finish. A pure expression of stone with terrific intensity. Winemaker Seguier noted that "we would have lost the terroir character if we had picked these grapes later."  (8/ 2013)

92-94 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2012 Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots shows the personality of this steep, south-facing site in spades. Next to the straight Bougros, the Cote Bouguerots, is richer, deeper and more overt in its fruit. A racy, intense Chablis the Cote Bouguerots is all about volume on the palate, while floral and mineral notes play supporting roles. Layers of fruit fill out the broad-shouldered frame nicely.  (8/ 2013)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A strikingly pungent alliance of peppermint, pennyroyal, lemon rind and chalk dust surges from the glass of Fevre’s 2012 Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots – tasted some six months before bottling – and allies itself on a firm, bright palate with crab apple and toasted shrimp shells. Hints of noble fungus and bittersweet floral perfume emerge as the glass stands open, but the emphasis here remains on tart fruits, green herbs, and stuff that requires a mineral vocabulary to imperfectly capture. This energetic but austere cru grips with formidable, pungent, brash tenacity. Its aptitude for refreshing, invigorating and tapping the salivary glands already, thankfully, triumphs over its austerity. Look for excitement through at least 2022.  (8/ 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.