2008 Domaine Francine & Olivier Savary Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume"

SKU #1238656 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too displays an entirely classic nose of algae, salt water and airy green fruit aromas cut with subtle lemon zest hints that are also picked up by the complex and layered middle weight flavors that offer a beguiling texture and fine richness on the wonderfully long finish. This is a Fourchaume of refinement, which is typical of wines hailing from L'Homme Mort. Worth a look.  (10/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Tight, with seashore, iodine, lemon, green apple and melon aromas and flavors. Offers fine cut and balance on the steely side, with good length. Best from 2012 through 2018. (BS)  (9/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Savary 2008 Chablis Fourchaume is firm, bracing, and for now at least slightly less interesting or distinctively delicious than their old vines village cuvee. That said, its herb- and chalky mineral-shaded lemon and apple fruit offer refreshment and persistence, and perhaps if one gives this a couple of years in bottle it will rise to a new level of interest. (DS)  (10/2010)

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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.