2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis-Bougros-Côte de Bougerots Grand Cru

SKU #1167871 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is every bit as elegant as the Valmur with a cool, pure and ripe nose of white flowers, lemon, wet stone and sea breeze that is trimmed in subtle wood nuances. There is a driving minerality to the gorgeously textured, intense and tension-filled medium weight flavors that possess excellent volume while sliding gracefully into a bone dry cuts-like-a-knife finish. This just exudes essence of Kimmeridgian and blind it would be just about impossible to guess anything but Chablis. A great vintage for this wine.  (10/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Superb lift to the aromas of musky minerals, lime, ginger, quinine and elderflower, complicated by pepper and toasty nuances. Suave, seamless and sappy, boasting outstanding energy, cut and inner-mouth perfume to its explosive ripe citrus, mineral and pepper flavors. This very dry, broad grand cru finishes with terrific peppery lift, building length and a magically light touch. A beauty. (ST)  (7/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Slate, smoke, oyster shells, citrus and dried flowers are some of the many notes that open up in Fèvre's 2012 Chablis Bougros Côte Bouguerots. Weightless and translucent in the glass, the 2012 impresses for its crystalline beauty and exceptional overall balance. Bright, saline notes support the striking, deeply saline finish. (AG)  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Melon, apple, stone, seashore and earth aromas and flavors ride the vivid structure, finishing long. A grapefruit peel note lingers. Shows some flesh, too, delivering terrific balance and drive. Drink now through 2024.  (4/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots comes from a steep 45-degree part of the grand cru vineyard. It has a very intense bouquet with a strong mineral component that cannot be ignored. This demands attention! The palate is very well-balanced with a touch of orange rind and spice on the entry. There is good weight, hints of dried honey, citrus peel and quince on the back palate with a very precise finish. This is one hell of a precocious Chablis. Drink 2016-2030. (NM)  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 4-6 months on lees in barrels for 60-70% of the wine. Salty and smoky, then bright grapefruit, showing a slight but attractive reductive character. Broad and less piercing on the palate than the Vaudésir, a little softer overall but still fresh and distinctively Chablis.  (1/2014)

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- 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.