2016 Maison William Fèvre Chablis "Champs Royaux"

SKU #1328374 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is good Chablis typicity adding interest to the mineral reduction, citrus rind and discreet floral aromas. There is both good richness and vibrancy to the solidly well-detailed flavors that possess a bit more size and weight but not necessarily better depth and persistence.  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Champ Royaux, which comes from purchased grapes, has a clean, grapefruit and lime-scented bouquet. The palate is quite vibrant on the entry, fresh and nicely focused with touches of blackcurrant leaf and lime toward the citrus-driven finish. This is a pretty Chablis that should drink well for four or five years after bottling in the summer. Head winemaker Didier Séguier has steered this important Chablis producer, part of the Henriot group, since its acquisition in 1998. Previously he worked as assistant winemaker at Bouchard Père & Fils, so he already had experience under his belt, steering what was then a very oaky style of Chablis to one that was much more terroir driven and for want of a better word, just more "Chablis." (NM)  (8/2017)

Vinous

 Cloudy appearance, as this wine was assembled at the end of May): Ripe apple and a touch of mineral reduction on the typical Chablis nose. Juicy, nicely delineated flavors of white peach, lemon and lime are complicated by a saline element and energized by crushed-stone minerality. Finishes with very good length. This négociant bottling should make a very good restaurant wine.(ST)  (8/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Peach, melon and earth flavors mark this rich, bright white. Offers an herbal hint as this winds down on the finish. Drink now.  (12/2017)

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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, 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.
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.