2016 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros"

SKU #1383094 94 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Bougros from Domaine Fèvre was in the same stage as the Vaulorent, having just been filtered in preparation for imminent bottling. The wine is very pure and very lovely, delivering a fine bouquet of lime peel, tangerine, pear, chalky minerality, spring flowers and a touch of flint. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nicely reserved in profile, with a fine core, vibrant acids and great length and grip on the focused and racy finish. Lovely juice in the making. At twenty-eight hectoliters per hectare, this was one of the most 'correct' yielding grand crus here in this vintage. Drink between 2022-2060.  (11/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros has a very attractive bouquet in the making: apple blossom, linden, wet limestone and touches of pear emerging from the glass, all with fine delineation. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity. It is taut and linear but there is fine depth here and a touch of salinity toward the finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent. (NM)  (8/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Pale green-tinged yellow. Wonderfully expressive, pungent, classic Kimmeridgian nose offers scents of lime, grilled almond and iodiney minerality. Round, plush and seamless on the palate, with its juicy citrus fruit and ginger flavors lifted by minerality. This silky, sedate, rich wine has no corners and seems almost too easy and expressive today for grand cru. But it also has the stuffing and balance to age, and a finishing element of brown spices provides lift. (ST)  (8/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A clearly ripe and smoky nose features notes of green fruit that possesses background nuances of iodine and seashell along with what I can only describe as fishing boat aromas. There is excellent mid-palate concentration to the big, very rich and concentrated flavors that display a round and suave mouth feel, all wrapped in a powerful and driving finish. This isn't elegant, indeed it's almost rustic but there is an impressive level of underlying material. *Sweet Spot*  (11/2017)

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. Drinking window 2019-2027. (WK)  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This austere white is bony yet intense, featuring mint, lemon, green tea and green apple flavors, with lemony acidity propelling the length on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (BS)  (9/2018)

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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, 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.


- 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.