2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1237936 94 points Decanter

 Wonderful herbal tea characters with a fresh, tense palate and a citrus finish. From a blend of different terroirs in the grand cru giving a wine of great finesse.  (2/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An ultra-fresh, cool and admirably pure nose features notes of white flowers, shellfish, pear, mineral reduction and pungent iodine nuances. There is outstanding volume and intensity to the medium weight plus flavors that deliver beautifully focused power on the palate coating, mineral-driven and hugely persistent finale. Once again if tasted blind it would be all but impossible not to identify this as Chablis and a first-rate example at that!  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pale green color. Crushed-stone minerality dominates lemon and lime leaf on the nose. Very dry, lemony, saline wine with terrific energy but much more closed today than the Lys and showing less early personality. The penetrating lemon, ginger and crushed stone flavors carry through on a long, bracing yet subtle aftertaste, with a note of underripe pineapple emerging late. The most austere 2014 to this point, and in need of extended cellaring. Séguier says that this wine has acidity around 4.5 grams per liter, with a low pH between 3.1 and 3.15. (ST)  (7/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a clean and fresh, quite vibrant nose, which to be honest puts the Fourchaume in its place. The palate is well balanced, quite steely and rather laconic towards the finish, where I am seeking a little more terroir expression. I think that will develop with continued bottle age. At the moment, it seems to have entered a slight dumb phase, but it should pull out of that. My rendezvous with Didier Seguier, head winemaker at William Fevre, was at their tasting room in Chablis ville, opposite the Bistro de Grand Cru. As usual, we tasted through their comprehensive portfolio, first with the 2015s, of which all but the entry-level wines are still in tank on their lees and due for bottling next year. Then we broached the 2014s in bottle. . (NM)  (8/2016)

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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.
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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.