2001 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1201733 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant pale, green-tinged color. Liquid stone, green apple, lime, mint and talc on the nose. Dense, chewy, penetrating and powerful, with extraordinary force in the middle palate. Tactile, dusty and gripping. The wine's ripeness and palate-staining length transcend the vintage. (ST)  (7/2003)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The color remains pale gold and the nose reflects this youthfulness because while there are hints of exotic fruit and soft secondary scents, this is surprisingly fresh for a 14 year old Chablis from a difficult vintage. Consistent with the nose, the delicious, round and solidly well-concentrated flavors exude a fine bead of minerality before culminating in a lingering, balanced and lightly saline and mineral-inflected finish. This has turned out extremely well and still has plenty of life ahead of it.  (6/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Given what took place in Chablis, it is a testimony to Henriot's dedication to quality and Didier Seguier's talent that William Fevre was able to produce an outstanding 2001 Chablis Les Clos. Its rich mineral aromas lead to a medium-bodied, fresh, pear, flint, and mineral-dominated personality. This lovely, silky-textured wine will not make old bones, but it delivers honest-to-goodness grand cru quality from a poor vintage. Bravo! (PR)  (4/2003)

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- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.


- 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.