2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122730 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from two .5 ha parcels divided between 1/3 Pied d’Aloup and the rest from Chapelot). An expressive, airy and cool nose features notes of stone, sea water, floral aromas and white orchard fruit. This is also exceptionally rich and concentrated yet the medium weight flavors remain light and pure with absolutely no trace of heaviness on the mouth coating and stunningly persistent finish. This is beautifully refined yet there is no absence of muscle or punch.  (9/ 2012)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The most mineral of the premier crus, the 2011 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre possesses an elusive, and at times ethereal, personality than in many ways encapsulates what Chablis is all about. It is the least obvious of the premier crus, but also the most intriguing, as every taste reveals a different shade of expression. This is a wine of enormous promise. The Montee de Tonnerre is made from two climats: 1.5 hectares in Pied d’Aloup (the east facing exposure provides freshness) and 1 hectare in Chapelots, a south facing site that gives richness and stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale green-yellow. Spicy aromas of pineapple, powdered stone, tarragon and white pepper: smells powerful! Dense, sappy and precise but very young, showing impressive precision to its flavors of lemon, lime, pepper and saline minerality. Rather austere on the long, palate-dusting finish, which is dominated by citrus peel and stone. This very promising wine will need time to express itself. Incidentally, William Fevre will have another parcel of Montee de Tonnerre vines in 2012, through a fermage agreement.  (7/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 50% aged 10-13 months in barrel. Inviting dusty citrus. More concentrated in the middle than the Montmains though less fragrant. Long minerally finish.  (2/ 2013)

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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, Mâcon, 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.