2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1056379 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too the elegance of the nose is simply stunning with a layered and perfumed aromatic profile trimmed in an almost invisible touch of oak that allows it to ooze Chablis character and in particular, a fine minerality that continues onto the impressively concentrated and palate staining flavors that possess striking precision on the explosively long and bone dry finish. This is a great Les Clos that will make old bones.  (10/2010)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Smoky, fusil crushed chalk and fresh lemon in the nose of Fevre’s 2008 Chablis Les Clos lead to a palate lusciously-brimming with fresh apricot, lemon, and grapefruit, suffused with chalk, white pepper, salt, iodine, green tea, and distilled herbal essences. Exhilarating and rejuvenating, this finishes with a tenacity, vivacity, and tactile presence hard to equal in the vintage. A gripping, ultra-mineral Les Clos, for all of its sheer fruit intensity, it makes no concessions to charm or winsomeness, particularly in its mineral-dominated finish, which some may consider austere. But few will be able to weather this cru’s gutsy intensity unbent, or scour its residues from their gums and lips. I suspect it will be worth following for a good 15 years, but even more than any of the other wines in the 2008 Fevre collection, this should be given a few years in bottle before one gets serious about drinking more than an introductory bottle. (DS)  (10/2010)

95 points John Gilman

 The 2008 Les Clos from Domaine William Fèvre is also a breathtakingly beautiful example of this fine vintage. The nose soars from the glass in a blaze of limes, lemons, tart orange, kaleidoscopic, flinty minerality, lime zest and a decidedly smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, wonderful transparent and still very primary, with a rock solid core, bracing acids, stunning focus and profound length and grip on the perfectly balanced finish. This should make old bones and be a reference point example of this great, great vineyard. 95+  (1/2011)

95 points Vinous

 Pale yellow-green color. Manages to be both explosive and reduced on the nose, offering strong notes of lime peel, seashell, spices, mint oil, white flowers and smoky, flinty minerality. Extremely backward on the palate, showing hints of smoked ham and dusty stone. Less silky and tactile today than the C o te Bouguerots but this will ultimately be the more complex wine. The extraordinary palate-saturating finish is like chewing on rocks today. (ST) 95+  (7/2010)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tight and steely in character, a serious wine that is all tight, mineral structure. It has great potential, its texture dominated by citrus and green apple elements. Age for at least five years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (11/2010)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 2008 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos This starts in the cellar, with scents of cool limestone walls and white mushrooms. Then it shifts into fruit, toward perfectly ripe apple and the mist off a squeeze of lemon zest. The fruit is framed by mineral acidity that brings out spice notes of acacia and lemon verbena. The clarity of the wine is what captures the imagination: Chardonnay in its purest form. Astonishing now, it will bring joy in ten years' time.  (10/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Clean and focused, with apple, lemon, yellow plum and mineral notes riding a firm structure. This is balanced, showing a chalklike texture and a savory element on the finish. There's fine clarity and loads of power in reserve. (BS)  (8/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Concentrated, fine and refined. Intensely mineral and dry. Fresh with a sort of peppery spice on the finish but it’s more the texture than the flavour – tongue-tingling. Very long. 18/20 points (JH)  (1/2010)


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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.