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2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros - Côte de Bouguerots"

SKU #1009905 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The subtle hint of wood spice this displayed in its youth has now been completely absorbed which gives full rein to the wonderfully complex nose of minerals, white flowers and a hint of crushed oyster shells that introduces muscular, powerful, deep and broad flavors that are blessed with superb length and terrific vibrancy. Those that may doubt that Bougros merits its grand cru status need only experience this wine to be persuaded. A great effort that is drinking perfectly now.  (12/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sporting an awe-inspiring, complex nose of pears, spices and minerals, the 2002 Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouquerots (domaine) bursts on the palate, revealing great concentration, depth, purity, and length. Loads of flint, flowers, minerals, and pears can be discerned in its powerful, nuanced character as well as in its superb finish. Incidentally, Fevre owns fully half of Bougros’s 12 hectares (29.65 acres), 2 hectares (4.9 acres) of which are in the Cote de Bouquerots sector. (PR)  (2/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dusty minerality, coconut and spices on the slightly exotic nose; this fruit was picked at the end of the harvest in 2002. Very rich, fat and sweet, with its superripe, slightly carnal flavors of peach and oatmeal enlivened by ripe acids and dusty stone. Much less austere and backward than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago (like the Grenouilles, this was vinified and spent its first several months in barriques, about 3% of which were new). A big, rich, thoroughly ripe grand cru with a succulent sugar/acid balance and a very long, ripe finish. (ST)  (7/2004)

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- 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.