2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1053812 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-green color. Knockout high-pitched nose combines white flowers, crushed stone, citrus peel, gingery spices and a saline oyster shell nuance. Quite reserved today but impeccably pure, displaying outstanding breadth and richness without any impression of weight. Wonderfully vigorous wine that saturates the entire mouth with tactile minerality and excites the taste buds. A great example of this superb premier cru. (ST)  (8/2010)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A discreet touch of wood sets off pure, elegant and airy floral and spice aromas that are in perfect keeping with the racy, energetic and classy medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent depth as well as superb length on the saline finish. This easily delivers grand cru quality and is highly recommended.  (1/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From Fevre sites that had to recover from harsh hailing in 2007, their 2008 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre delivers salty, herbed chicken stock aromas and flavors such as only these Kimmeridgian soils seem capable of engendering in vinous form, mingled with tart yet luscious fresh lime and red currant. The higher, southeast-facing Pied d’Aloue contributes finesse, opines Didier Seguier, while the two-thirds share from southwesterly exposed Chapelot just below supplies depth of mineral character. The combination of citrus and berry generosity with striking salinity and carnal depth as well as a vibratory sense of finishing energy... (DS)  (10/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A beautifully rounded wine, textured white fruits and fresh acidity well integrated into a rich structure. Hints of wood underline the yellow fruits and crisp, citrus, final acidity. (RV)  (11/2010)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 2008 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre The malic acidity of 2008 is overpowering at first, edging out this wine's honeyed, gingery sweetness of fruit. With air, it softens to a gentler, lime-like acidity, still tart, but with a mouthwatering balance. Age should bring this into harmony.  (10/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Oak spice lends clove and nutmeg tones to this rich, almost viscous white. Underneath are notes of seashore, green apple and lemon. Attractive overall, but needs a little time. (BS)  (8/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 50% aged in oak. Back to the riper citrus of the village wine, only more intense. Really, tight, very clean and focused and more mineral and less ripe than I had expected from the nose. Real drive. (JH)  (1/2010)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.