2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros"

SKU #1107567 92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained nose of citrus, floral, mineral reduction and algae slides into impressively rich, powerful, serious and concentrated flavors that are almost painfully intense on the explosive and strikingly long finish. This is a classic Bougros with its robust and muscular big-bodied flavors. *Don't miss!*  (10/2011)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 With 10.18 acres, Fèvre owns one-third of this grand cru, a southwest-facing hillside that produced a spherical wine locked in a Kimmeridgian limestone shell. Scents of wildflower honey and creamy Meyer lemon flavors get cut by the blunt youth of the wine’s acidity and soil character. A transmigration of fossilized oyster shells into a Chardonnay of today.  (10/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% fermented in oak, none new): Lime blossom and spices on the nose. Tight and taut for Bougros, showing less give today than the Vaulorent Domaine. A bit lacking in flesh owing in part to strong citrussy acidity. Not yet especially complex, but I suspect this wine will drink on the early side. Finishes with a touch of earth. (ST)  (8/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chablis Bougros is terrific in this vintage, even if the slight lack of polish this site confers to the wines is impossible to completely escape. The aromas and flavors show a crystalline purity that is highly attractive. Floral notes add a further sense of lift on the expressive finish. (AG)  (8/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 An apple flavor and a sharp lemon note run through this round white, which tightens up on the finish, with a hint of vanilla and lemon. Fresh and long. (BS)  (11/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicate, mineral, peppery nose. Fragrant in a non-fruity way. Fine-grained and quite austere on the palate. Lean and long. Needless to say, it needs time to develop complexity. (JH)  (1/2012)

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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.