2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1049178 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 I had a chance to retaste this side by side with its 2008 counterpart and the '07 matches the brilliant quality albeit in a different style due to the vintage characteristics. As such, I am raising my rating slightly. An aggregator is how I would describe this nose as the range of aromas and subtle nuances is genuinely amazing with a purity of expression that is nothing short of riveting with the classic assertive mineral reduction character that suffuses the character of this wine from the incredibly detailed nose to the wonderfully long, palate staining finish. The big, rich, powerful, detail and superbly focused flavors are supported by a very firm acid backbone that confers a bone dry quality to the finish that I could still taste hours later. In brief, at the moment this is more extract of Kimmeridgian stone than wine but it's breathtakingly good. Don't miss it.  (10/2010)

96 points John Gilman

 The 2007 Les Clos from Domaine William Fèvre is another brilliant wine in the making. The bouquet is stunning, as it soars from the glass in a mix of flint, wet stones, apple, tangerine, grapefruit, incipient notes of petrol and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep, very pure and utterly complete, with great mid-palate depth, excellent focus and grip and a very long, palate-staining and soil-driven finish of immense length and complexity. A great bottle of Clos.  (1/2009)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 From the largest of the Chablis Grand Cru, this wine shows a lively fruit character but also a powerful, taut mineral streak that comes through to dominate. There is no doubt this needs aging, with its steely edge and vivid acidity. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (7/2010)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow-green. Compellingly aromatic nose offers lime oil, ginger and crushed rock. Sharply delineated if quite backward today, projecting great purity, intensity and energy. Compared to the Preuses this is showing less volume but more energy, with an even higher pitch to its aromas and flavors. My style of Clos! The rising finish really dances on the palate. Give this one at least five years in the cellar. (ST) 95+  (8/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fevre 2007 Chablis Les Clos perpetuates this collection’s theme of improbably mineral-like scents and tastes, emphasizing the pungent iodine aspect of crustaceans and sheer crushed stone. For all of its implacable underlying density -- at sea level, as it were -- this displays succulence along with a more dynamic exchange of citrus, spice, and mineral than in most exemplars of this great site in this vintage. There is a certain severity to the almost indelible, memorable meld of iodine, chalk, spice, and citrus oil that constitute this wine’s finish, but it needs several years in bottle and should be worth following for at least a decade thereafter. (DS)  (12/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is both rich and elegant, with floral, lemon cake, apple and mineral aromas and flavors. Balanced and classy, with a long, mouthwatering aftertaste. (BS)  (9/2009)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Another outstanding wine from William Fevre. As with most Les Clos it is stubbornly taciturn on the nose – cold stones, moor land, perhaps a faint scent of sweetpea. The palate is exceptional delineation and tension, tightly-coiled, fabulous sense of mineralite and then a more elegant, leesy, reserved finish with beautifully integrated oak. A must-buy. Drink 2012-2025." (03/2009)


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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.
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.
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.