2016 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bouguerots"

SKU #1373227 95 points John Gilman

 In the rarefied air of the Fèvre 2016 grand crus, it really is hard to choose a favorite, as they are all stunning examples of their underlying terroirs. The 2016 Côte de Bouguerots is a brilliant young wine, wafting from the glass in a fine aromatic blend of pear, apple, fresh lime, flinty and chalky minerality and a potpourri of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, concentrated and racy, with great focus and cut, impeccable balance and a very long, nascently complex and energetic finish. Great juice.  (11/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots has a very intense, quite mineral-driven bouquet with flint aromas developing all the time in the glass as it gains intensity. The palate is well balanced with fine salinité on the entry. I appreciate the vivacity of this grand cru—there is plenty of energy locked in here and an edginess on the finish that is very appealing, notwithstanding the prolonged spicy aftertaste. Superb. (NM)  (8/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Very pale green-tinged yellow. Classic Chablis scents and flavors of white peach, ginger, oyster shell, iodine and flint. Highly concentrated, tactile wine offering an impression of strong dry extract and a compelling combination of pliancy and energy. A very powerful, structured Chablis with a long, chewy, saline finish. Really saturates the palate without leaving any impression of weightiness. Offers splendid potential. (ST)  (8/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A super-fresh, cool and admirably pure nose exhibits notes of iodine, citrus, white rose petal, peach, sea breeze and mineral reduction scents. Like several wines in the range I very much like the lovely texture of the energetic medium weight flavors that also possess fine concentration before terminating in an intensely saline-infused, balanced and wonderfully long finale.  (10/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Lemon butter and almond pastry from time spent in four- to six-year-old barrels. Sweetly fragrant white flowers and a fine minerally thread. This makes a very composed, fresh and sleek impression on the palate. Long and slightly fleshy white-peach finish. Drink or hold.  (2/2018)

92 points Decanter

 The Côte de Bouguerots’ bouquet of apple, pear and candied lemon definitely shows a touch of oak from its time in used cooperage, lending the wine the illusion of a riper fruit profile and occluding some of its site expression. On the palate the wine is very minerally and taut, with a bright line of acidity and a fine-grained, saline finish. I would love to see this raised in some older barrels, or barrels from a different cooperage, as the raw materials are superb. (WK)  (10/2017)


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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.