2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses"

SKU #1009904 93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Extremely subtle smoke and wood spice blend with classic Chablis green apple and crushed oyster shell aromas that precede gorgeously complex, ripe, painfully intense flavors that are less angular than the Bouguerots. This doesn't have the same power but it's actually a more complete and harmonious wine, at least at this point with top flight elegance and an unmistakably sense of class and grace. I very much like this as it's a bit more understated yet possesses great flavor authority and precision on the fantastically long finish.  (10/2003)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Produced from a 2.55 hectare parcel (6.3 acres), the magnificent 2002 Chablis Les Preuses (domaine) has a complex nose of smoky slate and spices. Medium-bodied, deep, rich, and satin-textured, it reveals an inspiring character of outstanding depth, concentration, focus, and length. Loads of creamy seashells are intermingled with flint and pears in its detailed yet powerful core. (PR)  (2/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pure, sweet aromas of lime blossom, minerals and flinty soil; offers much more lift today than the Cote de Bouguerots. Then very ripe but racy on the palate, with creamy-sweet citrus and stone flavors enlivened by bracing acidity. Wonderfully fresh, supple grand cru Chablis with superb inner-mouth energy. Finishes very long, lush and sweet, with a whiplash of fruits and stone. 'A real competition wine,' notes Hervet, 'always more showy early on than the Valmur and the Clos.' (ST)  (7/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Green and round and deep. A big, bold Chablis – perhaps too big for purists, but certainly impressive. Long term. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (1/2004)

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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.
Country:

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.