2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1154341 92-94 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2012 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is all about balance. Smoke, ash, graphite, yellow peach inform a tense, powerful Chablis. The wine's dry extract and broad shoulders are almost red wine-like. The 2012 is going to need some time to settle down. Today it is pretty special though, even if the style remains surprisingly muscular and brooding. The lieux-dits are 2/3rds Chapelots and 1/3rd Pied d'Aloup.  (8/ 2013)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from two .5 ha parcels divided between 1/3 Pied d’Aloup and the rest from Chapelot). This offers up buckets of Chablis character with its pure aromas of mineral reduction, citrus rind, green fruit and pretty floral scents. There is excellent intensity and real punch to the splendidly detailed medium weight plus flavors that deliver seriously impressive depth on the explosive and bone dry finish. This is almost painfully intense yet there is virtually no austerity and overall, this is quite simply terrific.  (9/ 2012)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright green-tinged yellow. Aromas of gunflint, menthol, chalk, white pepper and spices, with a hint of yellow grapefruit. Rich, sappy and impressively dense, with terrific cut to the tightly coiled flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and stone. This taut wine tastes like a baby Clos. The very long, echoing finish displays pungent minerality and outstanding energy.  (8/ 2013)

91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From tank post-assemblage, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre – as usual, two-thirds from Chapelot, the rest from high-altitude Pied d’Aloue – leads with musky scents of peony along with fresh lime, kirsch and a greenhouse-like array of greenery. Cherry pit and honeydew rind bitterness combine with chalk and stone on a firm, dense, bright palate, leading to a superbly-sustained and multifarious finish, if one missing quite the sense of dynamic and sheer refreshment that accrues in many of the best Chablis from this vintage. Look for this – and the block of chalk at its heart – to open-up and give more of itself over time, and to perform well through at least 2018.  (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.