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94 Points

Friday, September 14, 2012 - Sean's Birthday 2012 (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): This was a stunning Chablis. The table was split between this and the 2004 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre on the same flight, but I much preferred the Fèvre. Opened three hours before serving, it was singing when we got to it. This had a classically Chablisienne nose, with waves of chalk, flint and seashell lapping against a core of fleshy white fruit aromas. The palate was brilliant. While lacking the raw power of the Raveneau, it showed instead a wonderfully effortless elegance in the way its supple acidity wound through lovely flavours of sweet apples and ripe lemons, with lots of flinty minerality racing through its fruity depths. I thought the balance and precision on this was just incredible - it almost danced across the mouth with a tension and nervosity that would make a great Mosel Riesling proud. There was a ton of flint and bits of spice littered amidst the white fruit, especially towards the chalk and seashell-laden finish that stretched out into the distance. This was a beautiful Chablis, a complex, compelling marriage of strength and grace, and a real joy to drink. For all its qualities though, it was still incredibly food friendly - this is a wine that could grace any meal. Absolutely brilliant stuff in a very nice place for drinking now.

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