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2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1029667 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big and powerful, this is the grandest of the grand crus. It has both a dense structure and overwhelming fruits. With minerality, spice and balance, this is a very complete wine. There is only a hint of the richness to come. Hold for 10 years at least. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (2/2008)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 In contrast to the relative expressiveness of most of this group, the Les Clos is backward, reserved and very tight, revealing only glimpses of white flower, oyster shell and an airy marine influence that can also be found on the intense, pure and astonishingly precise flavors that possess another dimension relative to all of the other '05s with the exception of the Preuses. Class in a glass as they say and while presently tighter than a drum with an exceptionally dry finish, this has the material and balance to age for years. Drink 2012+.  (10/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale green color. Pure but subdued aromas of lemon-lime and crushed stone. Intensely flavored and youthfully tight, offering sharply delineated citrus fruit, white peach and crushed stone elements. In a cooler style for the vintage, with just the slightest exotic hint to show that it's from a very warm year. The very long, rising finish displays uncommon precision for the vintage. (ST)  (7/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Enticing aromas of butterscotch, peaches, lemon tart and fresh cream. Crisp, creamy, silken palate. Very good concentration. Layers of stone fruit, cream and minerals. Long finish. (LPB-Wine Journal)  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Just honeyed lemon. Richer on the palate than the other Fèvre Grands Crus. More weight but still very very pure and tight. Very classy. 18/20 points (JR)  (8/2007)

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- 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.


- 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.