Wow. Still very light colored and super young. With Fevre's bottle variation issues this is a total score. Brilliant saline lemon-infused fruit, beautiful understated aromatics, and great style and presence. Beautiful young Grand Cru chablis.
Drank at the DeCiccos. I've had this wine before and my notes are consistent. Pale straw color. Feint nose of citrus, smelling a bit oxidized. Medium bodied, ripe fruit still here, mostly citrus. Some mineral and slate qualities, along with crisp acidity. Nice freshness and still drinking well.
Pale to mid straw with green glints in the decanter. Saline, crisp and zingy. Just a hint of richness on the nose to invite one in, then a saline, mineral, slightly limey and taut slap of freshness for one's presumption. Very focused and long with plenty of complexity. So young. This is splendid, the best bottle of this yet. *****
I forgot to note this wine when we opened it a couple of weeks ago, so general impressions are all I can provide. This was very fresh and pure, with no premox issue at all. This bottle wasn't profound or complex (for its level), but it was very, very good. Still, would have liked a bit more depth for a Chablis Grand Cru.
Perfect medium light hay color, no sign of premox on the nose, just light sea spray and lemon; text book Chablis, exquisite, crystalline fruit, strong sea shell, just a hint of lemon, brilliant acidity and balance. Beautiful wine, extremely youthful and opened well before its time, but fabulously enjoyable. Another reminder that once this many years have passed we might as well just wait and hope for the best.
Served with Thanksgiving dinner, from magnum, a beauty, no sign of oxidation, large and viscous with Chablis tang and a relatively fine, subtle flavor profile, which advanced nicely as the wine was open longer. My wotn, and a happy ending for this bottle.
Very pale-could pass for water in the glass. No nose. On the palate, soft citrus(lemon), limestone and sea water. Missing the steely intensity found in some grand crus, but this may not be a characteristic of this 2nd tier grand cru. A plus, not a hint of permox. Decent with grilled line caught Florida red grouper. Popped and poured and maybe a little too chilled. Some CT notes suggest a decant or a several hour pre opening to bring out more flavor. I agree.
Gorgeous first bottle of a newly opened case. The combination of relatively high acidity/salinity and surprisingly rich fruit carries the wine to a long balanced finish. It's ever attractive and quaffable while holding enough to slurp and swirl all you like. Slightly less spiced on the finish than the Les Clos.
I've held off writing this note until we consumed the last of our 3 bottles. I'm purposefully not rating it (or any of the others), because I can't really see how I could give them any score even approaching anything reasonable, and will therefore simply leave the note as a caveat for the reader to make their own mind up about....
All three bottles of this wine were simply boring. Firstly, there seemed no signs of any damage, and they've been in my possession for the majority of their lives. I do not believe they were flawed, though my knowledge of White Burgundy is far from encyclopaedic.
Secondly, I've tried various temperatures, times, accompaniments and glasses to see if I could tease something different from them. Nothing, just boredom and an overwhelming sense of being ripped off paying for the name not the content. With the second bottle, accompanying seafood, we resorted to opening an Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet, which at around a 5th the price was 10 times the wine.
I might add that I've had a handful of other Fevre Grand Cru and Premier Cru over the last few years, and have had this same crushing sense of disappointment. Perhaps my palate no longer appreciates Chablis? Or at least Fevre?
Popped and checked for premox an hour before drinking. Honey, flowers, citrus fruit and rocks. Classical Chablis. However this one is a bit fat on the palate and perhaps lacking precision. Still enjoyable but I doubt this one will improve anymore.
Mid straw. Decanted and drunk over three hours. Starts off with a nicely saline nose, quite crisp and with a fairly dense core of minerality. Enough zing and mineral edge to shout Chablis. With air, this takes on proper GC weight and viscosity, and has clearly moved forward since last tasted a couple of years ago. The mineral, saline zing rounds out and whilst a sappy mineral core remains the saline bite is joined by a slightly honeyed richness. Hard to see this getting better, but pox aside, should hold well for a few years. Showing ahead of a Preusses and Clos recently, but that's partially a function of this being in a decent glass (Riedel Montrachet), being decanted and being at a sensible temperature (both wine and room) and being allowed to evolve and develop over several hours. Really very good. Maybe just lacking a little intensity and persistence on the finish ****
The nose is river rocks drizzled with honey. There are also notes of mint, dried flowers and salt. It is rich, piercing and intense. The honeyed fruits follow through on the palate and it is developed but not overly so. Drinking pretty close to its peak.
The 3 hour decant really helped this wine. Very closed when opened, then really blossomed with air. Citrus, minerals…beautiful texture and mid palate with nice length. Excellent acidity. In the pocket for drinking now.
Now we're talking! Previous btl was just a fail. This one's cork also leaked: one tinge meandering its way along the poor cork's surface all the way to the top of the btl. Happily enough, this wine sang! Enticing light yellow color with striking purity. Makes the Chablis BEAST in me wanna devour! A rich nose with caramel, Piggelin popsicle, wet stones, small oak and earthy loam with sprouting grass. Chard allowing its smiley face. Non-typical but profound. On the palate we are talking: up-beat acids on a slightly dis-balanced trinity of fruit-acids-intensity. Effable. Quaffable. Enjoyable. Expensive. Chardonnay typicity galore. Minerality everywhere. Long, lingering, transparent and beautiful. My only concern is the lack of concentration and the earthy finish that subtracts with its muddy unclean end-twist. (Wife: frown...) One more btl to go, in 2-3 yrs time. The only btl of our three that had a perfect fill. Even if this wine will definitely last longer, but prem-ox is not desired and, in all honesty: feared for. (Pst: In NZ they make them at half the price as THIS wine's price was just simply outrageous...)
Drank at Encore Rye with D. Light gold color with some slight green tinting. Nose mostly of citrus, but smelled slightly oxidized. Medium to fairly full bodied, lots of ripe fruit still here, mostly citrus. Wonderful mineral and slate qualities, along with crisp acidity. A wonderful example of an aged chablis that is singing right now, with plenty of time to yet enjoy future bottles. I would decant this wine next time to give it a bit more time to open up as there's plenty going on here.
Light yellow/green. All Chablis aromas-marine and iodine. Medium weight, hint of vanilla from the wood, brothy flavors with tart acidity and faint lime-like citrus, but to say that this is not at all about the fruit is a complete understatement. Even some truffle at the very end after 3 hours of air. Last bottle of this wine, which has been marvelous for the most part.
Popped a mag and let it stand for an hour. The color compared to the '05 chard sitting next to it is bright, w/ a yellow-green tinge… you would never know it's a year older. Same thing on the palate: all salinity, mineral precision, beautiful length & concentration, marvelous acidity. Floral, citrus, only a hint of hazelnut - this is beautiful wine and will be interesting to see what complexity it can add in the coming years.
Light yellow with some remaining green. All oyster shell on the nose. Lean at first, the essence of 2004, before adding marvelous weight, some texture and bright citrus oil. Fantastic acidity and bitingly salty at the end. A great bottle of Grand Cru Chablis that kept growing and evolving over the 2 hours it took to drain the bottle. Three of the four bottles of this I've had have been splendid, whereas the other one was oxidized.
Cork leaked in two instances but no precipitations, mould or showing on the cork's surface. Behaved like a poorly made, oaked Puligny from a very thin year :-( Hope the remaining two btls strut the same stuff as some of the other tasters report. Next btl in the near future, just to make sure. At La Rochelle, Aoyama (Tokyo).
a splendid showing. at first a whiff of vanilla which worried me but it went away quickly to show a great concentration of grape, pineapple, intense freshness and typical chablis qualities of iodine, saline, and an uplifting and superb texture which lingered on and on. at some point a nice toffee, aroma came out of the glass. Not a hint of prem ox. A superb wine!
Certainly not up to standard of my previous bottles. Slightly deeper gold color. On nose definite hint of ? pre-mox. Honeyed palate, not as crisp and clean. Still enjoyable but starting to show signs of aging. Only 1 bottle left. Drink up!!!
Light yellow. Clean seashore and mineral-laden citrus nose. Superb palate. Hints of what lies ahead - subtle buttery richness (for a Chablis) with just the tiniest of hints of almost a single malt peatiness or beginning movement towards butterscotch (from maturity, not the pox) in the background, yet still crisp and focused. Super length. This bottle mirrors peternelson and SimonG's notes below. Just on point, and for years to come, if spared the blight. Feeling encouraged by this bottle.
Mmmm, this is good. Pale green in colour, just a hint of straw coming through. Clean, fresh and mineral nose. Grippy and intense on the attack, dense, minerally and clean. Good line and a pretty long finish. Very good indeed. Left in the fridge overnight this has opened a little, put on a touch more weight and developed a gripper and even more mineral bite to it with a silly smoky element to the nose. First out of the case, and fingers crossed... Hasn't yet started to show some of the richness that GC tends to with age - still in its linear youth with the earliest signs of of it staring to open up and develop. Proper and lovely. ****1/2
Sea breeze, melon rind, chalky apsect, a bit understated nose; super slick and medium plus body; chalky rocky aspect, full, round, intense on the palate, but took a good 1/2 hour plus to open up, and should be drank at a cool 50 degrees or so. Very long finish, really fine palate, beautifully balanced.
Medium yellow. Upfront truffles but then citric and saline aromas. Full feel with good acidity. Over the few hours it was open, a back and forth battle between incipient oxidation and excellent underlying material. Disappointing compared to a bottle earlier this year which was pretty pristine.
From memory. Very little development of colour. Citrus/apple fruits, with tons of minerality and freshness. Bright palate, high acidity, toward stone pit fruits on the ample mid-palate and long, mineral finish. Great stuff.
Incredibly light color. Beautiful mixture of bright citrus fruit, brine, and flowers. Full but firm. Perhaps not the most filigreed Chablis, but terrific presence and perfect interplay between sugar and acidity. Excellent chalky finish. Outstanding bottle.
floral nose with lemon and toast. Rounder less-tight mouthfeel with rich chalk and mineral xtract leading to long-long mineral finish with quite a bit of dry extract coating the palate. outstanding, but I like the Fevre Les Clos and Preuses better in 04.
Pretty nose which includes something like camphor. Very enjoyable almost full body with extremely well balanced acidity. I've read the comments about "green" of which I'm not that knowledgeable - there may have been some of that but the bottom line is it was a great tasting bottle. Intense.
The nose had aromas of bright citrus fruit, minerals, and some chalkiness. The palate had very crisp citrus flavors. The acidity was nice, but just a bit too much to keep me from wanting to have a second glass. We did drink this on it's own so that I could get a sense of it before trying out some other Chablis for a chicken dish. I think that I would have enjoyed this much more with some food.
I don't seem to be tasting the same wine as other CT tasters (other than maybe cos82), and I'm sure it's not premoxed. (Bought within last month from UK Wine Society and stored in wine fridge so unlikely that storage is the issue.) Really rather on the lean side, though with very nice, crisp acidity and minerality, and a bit of white flowers, maybe a hint of pear. Didn't open at all after 24 hours. Nice balance and structure, but hard to approach at the moment. If I had more I'd set it aside for at least 2 years. Can Chablis go through a "dumb period"?
This probably has a touch of early premox, but it's slight, and not enough to take much away from the enjoyment, particularly considering the richness of this bottling. The palate is nicely rich stone fruit, hints of lemon and granite. The slight premox appears to kick in on the finish, softening the wine and giving it just a slight bitter edge.
Well, a couple hours of air has helped this. Might have been a bit of sulfur still remaining when I first tasted this (open about an hour). The richness I remember is there, along with some nice acidity through the finish, though the Bouruerots always seems a bit more fleshy to me than mineral. Very nice, and holding on fine for now.
My note is almost identical to the last note, clear straw green gold, spice and stone, awesome classic chablis. Brisk on the finish with so much going on with the nose and initial taste this is not a big deal. I did find this wine lingering nearly 15 minutes after the last taste. Really drinking nice.
Impromptu Calera Night: Almost clear yellow with slight green hues. Awesome nose with a lovely melange of citrus/grapefruit, freshly cut grass and mineral. Medium weight on the palate with flavors that build from the attack through the finish. Great acidity and a mineral-driven taste profile. Zingy acidity makes the finish particularly enjoyable as the acidity hangs on well after the taste sensations have faded. Even better on day two! While young this is most enjoyable and I'd be inclined to drink sooner rather than later due to the risk of premox.
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots, alc 13%....pale yellow color (a good sign)...lemon rind on the nose....really nice and interesting on the palate with good depth and moderate intensity....drinking well.. No "prem-ox" here...matched well with the chicken dish
I have found the 04 vintage of Chablis to be very enjoyable. This wine was no exception. Pale straw yellow. Wonderful nose of lemon, mineral and chalk. Palate a little more subdued than I would have hoped for, but still very good. Soft hints of citrus combined with balanced mineral elements. Missing that steely intensity I like and look for in a Grand Cru Chablis. No Premox or other flaws.
Great bottle. Really tastes of the sea. Seashells, salty minerality, and ripe yellow/green fruit. Has the weight and complexity I expect from Grand Cru Chablis. Entering its window but probably even better with time. 93+
Over the course of 3 hours, this was like drinking 2 different wines. Light yellow. At the outset, I would have guessed Premier Cru Chassagne from a looser vintage such as 2006, as it showed resiny wood, light body, and apparently low acidity. Over time, though, more white flowers and saltiness appeared on the nose, and it gained in both focus and back end intensity if not weight. Its development was promising, but all in all, a curious showing nonetheless that falls short of real Grand Cru Chablis quality.
Saline solution. Like rinsing your contacts. Sea shell and some lemony notes, but really the saltiness is foremost. The palate shows impressive body, but best of all there is a real balance to the wine. The saline and sea shell elements dance with the viscosity, making for a compelling wine. This is a winner.
Very aromatic nose, with surprising citrus notes (served blind, some of the attendees guessed Sauvignon Blanc). Rich and creamy on the palate, lacking a bit of acidic structure. Very pleasurable, if perhaps lacking typicity for a Chablis.
Wow, I love this wine right now. Medium straw... nose is perhaps a bit less austere, and shows less minerals, than the very top wines but has an irresistable palate of stony fruit and citrus tree flower aromas. On the palate, long and balanced. So: perhaps more of a puligny montrachet than a chablis, but I'm glad I own it!
IWFSC Governors Lunch (Takashi): Rich electric yellow color. clearn nose of mineral and seasheet. Nice rich white apple and mineral palate with a tight finish. Still very young, but improving all the time. 93-94 pts.
This was an excellent example of what chardonnay can be. Mineral, rich with pear and citrus. Very good length, and a very nice complex earthiness. There was a ripeness and richness that gave it a luxe quality. The structure kept the wine from going overboard.
Light straw color. Lemon/mineral nose with relative thickness for a chablis and an intense mineral and smokey chardonnay flavor on the palate, with good acidity but not mouthpuckering or overly intense. Another excellent success for Fevre.
Blind Chablis Tasting (Chez Hughes - Chicago IL): Tasted blind. Similar to its 2005 counterpart in the first flight, this was a bit less powerful, a bit more lean and precise. I think this wine needs more time to develop, while the 2005 is more ready today.
Wineflock - GC & 1er Chablis Tasting (My House): Flight #2, My #3. Medium yellow color. Mediu yellow white fruit nose with hints of banana. Big mouthful of complex focused tight white fruit. Really nice, but still painfully young. Too bad we screwed up and didn't get to taste this side by side with the 05 in the same flight...
Flock Chablis Tasting (Chris' Place): Light straw with a rich, unctuous nose showing aromas of minerals, limes, smoke and caramel (?). High pitched minerals. Bold and rich red fruit match up and counterpoint mouth puckering acidity, achieving balance. Nice flavorful long finish shows minerals and touch of oak. Beautifully done. (4+14+18+8=94). Group #2, My #1.
Anita: LIte yellow; beaut. restrained nose; but still rich MINERALS nose of oysters/sea salt/wet stone; hints of lemon & a real touch of peppery spice +lean apple tart; Very well bal, elegant, grt. intense a’s, good depth, focused, but soft, hint buttery with a long fin. Give it 3 years--2010.
Crushed rock and chalk on the nose. Expansive and lively on the palate. Nice acidity. Long finish for a wine with such good acid... this wine is drinking very well right now... it will be hard to keep the others in the cellar, but I am anxious to see how these develop.