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

SKU #1154339 93-95 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2012 Chablis Bougros is gorgeous in this vintage. Inward, tightly wound and polished, the 2012 is at once intensely mineral and bright in its acidity, but impeccably rich to the point of being nearly seamless. White flowers, crushed rocks and pears flow through to the finish in a Chablis that is both soft and also explosive. Overall, this is fairly accessible Grand Cru that should offer a broad drinking window and, most importantly, considerable pleasure.  (8/ 2013)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a ~6 ha parcel). This is notably more elegant than it usually is with its grudging aromas of white flower, citrus zest, iodine and algae. The muscular and intensely citrus-infused broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding concentration and focused power before concluding in a bone dry and mineral-driven finish. This is a very big wine even by the outsized standards of the typical Bougros yet save for a slight touch of warmth it maintains near perfect balance.  (9/ 2013)

92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Those especially partial to bivalvular delicacies should lay in extra bottles. Some six months ahead of bottling, Fevre’s 2012 Chablis Bougros’ nose suggests a greenhouse array of floral and leafy things, accompanied by green tea; then comes to the palate with the generosity that Seguier takes to be typical for these (by local standards) relatively deep, generous soils (the thin, steep Cote de Bouguerots being treated – as at most Chablis estates now – as a separate cru with its own bottling), offering succulent grapefruit, pineapple and white peach backed by textural richness. This isn’t meant to suggest that there is a dearth of elements here that one could call “mineral”: on the contrary, chalky, alkaline, and fusil as well as iodine notes abound, and help memorably extend the wine’s finish. Seguier claims that this site has responded to its biodynamic conversion by displaying more such nuances than before. The present exemplar certainly displays a fine sense of finishing clarity and focus as well as fidelity to the first duty of white wine, refreshment. Look for superb showings through at least 2022.  (8/ 2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (recently racked after the late malolactic fermentation): Hazy pale yellow-green. Reticent nose hints at lemon, fresh herbs and a metallic quality. Very closed in the mouth, with a strong lemony cast contributing to the overall impression of tautness. Very juicy, spicy, saline wine with a firm, lightly toasty finish. The soil here is deep, notes Seguier, but the team has been getting smaller yields and more concentrated wines in recent years.  (8/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Lean and bracing, offering lemon, apple, honey and flint flavors matched to a vivid structure. Incisive and intense, leaving a chalk-like feel on the palate. Best from 2016 through 2028. (Insider)  (6/ 2014)

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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

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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.