2013 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bougerots"

SKU #1222356 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is perennially one of my favorite wines and one that I buy virtually every vintage. The 2013 version displays a deft touch of oak that again is sufficiently subtle as to allow the ripe and very fresh white and yellow orchard fruit, sea breeze and iodine scents to shine. There is excellent punch as well as fine detail to the almost aggressively mineral-driven flavors that possess good power but also a lovely sense of refinement on the wonderfully long and impeccably well-balanced finish. Exquisite.  (10/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots has a very refined, intense bouquet with cold wet stone, green apples, moorland stream aromas that are nicely defined. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, tensile and steely in the mouth with a keen line of citric acidity, a gentle crescendo here to a lovely apricot-tinged finish. This is a level up from the regular Bougros this year. Very fine.  (8/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chablis Bougros Côte Bouguerots is another of the more reticent wines in this range of 2013s. Bright, piercing citrus notes are followed by a bevy of slate, smoke, dried pear and savory herb overtones. Crystalline, pure and constantly changing in the glass, the Côte Bouguerots possesses tons of complexity and pedigree all the way through to the tense, energetic finish. The 2013 needs time to come together, but there is a lot to look forward to. This very steep site produces distinct wines full of personality. (AG)  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bougros produces rich wines, and this wine comes from the extra-ripe vineyard at the base of the slope. It is generous, giving a weighty character with the flavors plumbing the depths of richness. On top, a beautiful, almost sweet acidity leaves a fresh feeling in the mouth. Drink from 2019.  (9/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow-green. Precise aromas of lemon, lime and oyster shell, plus a note of mineral reduction. In the mouth, a sexy toasty nuance complements the ripe stone fruit and saline mineral flavors. Nicely pliant wine but also boasts very good inner-mouth tension and purity. Finishes tactile and long, showing very little impact of the vintage. Superb. (ST)  (8/2015)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Fèvre owns 15.39 acres of Bougros, almost half the total cru. They separate out a 5.2-acre parcel on the steepest slope for Clos Bouguerots, using the balance for this grand cru. About 60 percent of the wine ages in older French oak casks (averaging six years of age), which helps point up the savory structure of the wine, reading in pale umami notes of miso. The fruit of the wine is youthfully pale as well, powerful in its delivery of chamomile, dried hay and jasmine scents of white grapes. A mouthwatering young Chablis, this is built to age.  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 On the austere side, this white exhibits flavors of green apple, lemon and grass,with hints of stone. Racy and firm, with a mouthwatering essence. Best from 2018 through 2024. 100 cases imported.  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Lively green-apple nose, steely and tight, though the leesy texture softens that tension.  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

94 points View from the Cellar:"The 2013 Côte de Bouguerots is another really excellent example of the vintage, with far more soil signature than the standard 2013 grand cru. The wine offers up a lovely nose of apple, a touch of grapefruit, lime, complex, almost crystalline minerality (I cannot emphasize how rare this is in Chablis in 2013!), spring flowers and a touch of tarragon in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very long, with an excellent core, lovely focus and grip and great backend energy on the focused and still quite primary finish. Great juice. (Drink between 2018-2035)"-Issue 54 Dec 2014

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.