Still light yellow with a trace of green. Wow, so much pink grapefruit right out of the gate that it almost transports you to Sancerre. It also starts out atypically light and delicate for Les Clos. With air, though, more body appears along with some herbs and orange. What doesn't change is the beautiful underlying acidity and the long finish that is full of soil. In the end, amazingly fresh and nicely detailed, but it just doesn't have the extra oomph of the very best examples of this cru.
Game dinner with friends and 11 special wines.: Just a few general notes; chalky minerals, crustacean, tight and focused acidity, some nutty flavors. Still locked. Needs time to show its full complexity. Hope to taste again between 2020 and 2024. 92+ for tonight.
Lemons and grapefruit, grassy, citrus fragrance on the nose, but the fruit is very restrained in the mouth, almost to the point of being austere. Flinty and stony. High acidity. The fragrance was the most enjoyable aspect.
i agree with others, this was a good wine (i love chablis) but not great (and certainly not headed for outstanding)… good acid ('07-ish), decent minerals but fruit was missing… was looking for that citrus profile and didn't get it… therefore fell slightly flat on night one, a bit better on night two… happy that i only had one bottle of this but have about two cases combined of the '08 and '10 versions!!
Chablis-athon (Chicago, IL): Laser-like focus. Green and sharp, like a razor blade. Perhaps a bit less stuff going on than you'd expect, this is really dominated by that acidity. But then again, loads of acidity is a good thing to have in wine. There are some slight green apple notes towards the finish, but don't count on it.
Poxed! Definitely more advanced than my last bottle…and more sherry than it should be at this age. BUT….to me, not not drinkable! Yes it has nutty sherry, baked apple, dried honey……but it started to drink like a still Krug for me! Still has crisp citrus and crunchy salty minerals….and at times some pretty tasty chalk, florals, green apple, and sea air? Nose is all sherry…but the palate is pleasing….in a Krug style way! Not a total loss…but not really what I want.
pretty reduced initially but started to give way to fresh grass on the nose. Really ripe waxy soft fruit and the palate was silky smooth. There was this long lingering flavor on the wine but it wasn't terribly complex, something lingered but it wasn't anything that livened up the palate
As one would expect for the age, this wine had a pale yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose showed lemon, lime, white stone, and green apple.
This wine was quite acidic at first. Later is mellowed some and a few hours after that it firmed up again. While quite crisp, the wine was also quite viscous and long. The stone flavors saturate the wine.
While this is still clearly young and somewhat tight, it shows great promise. Personally, I wouldn't touch it for 10 years because it is highly likely to pick up 2-3 points.
Compared to the Preuses 2007 tasted yesterday, this is more energetic and tightly coiled, with a lovely intensity of lemon, lime, oyster shell and oak, dry but juicy, pure and linear and with some creaminess on the palate; just a bit light on the finish, could do with more length and aromatic persistence. I love the style, but I would rate this only marginally higher than the similarly styled Montée de Tonnerre 2008 from the same producer. And in case you are interested: the Raveneau Clos 2007 and this wine are not even in the same solar system. Ready to go.
Intense yellow/green colour. Flowers, citrus and sea spray on the nose. Lime, lemon, granny smith apple, mandarin skin, white peach and a wonderful, fresh slatey acidity in the mouth. Lick of buttery vanilla. Really energetic and powerfully concentrated. Superb.
Taught and racy with some very nice ripe Granny Smith apple, lemon curd, verbena, mandarin orange peel with a cool marine breeze. Snappy acidity and a deft touch of wood makes this a pleasure to drink. Open for business but could do another 10 years if it doesn't premox.
Un nez assez expressif de fruit blanc, suivi d'une belle bouche qui évoquait davantage Chassagne pour moi....Un vin assez droit, avec un peu d'élevage encore présent mais discret, un bel équilibre, sans artifice, une belle finale assez saline....J'aurais du savoir! Très bien. 92 pts
Un nez exotique à l'ouverture, avec de l'élevage. Plus classique ensuite. Jolie bouche citronnée et joyeuse, avec une belle tenue en bouche. Il a besoin d'air, mais c'est superbe, la minéralité et le fruit s'entremêlent de belle façon. Attendre idéalement trois ans. 92+ pts
Slight golden yellow with a ton of green…shy nose of lemon/lime sea spray, limestone chalk, melon, green apple skin. Ahhh…GC weight and cream…yet sharp as a tack with citrus and crushed minerals! Smooth and creamy…think green apples with exotic white honey cream cheese…..pure balanced fruit…killer chalk and spice! LOVE it when you get the lemon/lime and salty sea chalkiness! Long creamy floral and mineral finish…plenty here to go further as long as the pox stays away. Love these 07 white burgs!
Opened 60 minutes before consumption. Aroma of clean white stoned fruit - non aromatic. Flavour of ripe morello cherry, white asparagus with a refreshing steely mineral core. Some concentration, medium bodied but lacking the grip and complexity to promote it to the excellent 90+ level. A good effort for the vintage nonetheless with perhaps two years ahead of it in my view.
Will not please everyone, but this is a wine with some class. Nose only just emerging, bone dry on the palate, intense style of wine, grabs your attention with lots of citrus / acidity but well balanced & great length. Will keep further.
Medium yellow. A brief burst of orange oil and silky texture, but then its inner Chablis is revealed. Medium bodied, bitter citrus, and the same swirling mixture of acidity, soil and green herbs on the resoundingly dry finish. Showing great although honestly, looking back at my only other experience with this wine 4 years ago, it does not seem to have changed that much! I can still taste the powdered stone coating my tongue as I write this note. More intensity and palate presence than just about any 2007 Chablis I can recall.
Dinner at l'Apicio (New York City): Very pale straw. Big, deep nose, extremely minerally and gloriously earthy; butter, even butterscotch; seashells. Palate is ripe and quite rich; butter, minerals; unevolved. Good balance and extremely long. Again, this needs time (though less than the 2004 and it is much more open than that wine).
WS Offline (Pastis - Vancouver, BC): Some waxy hints on the nose along with tons of saline and white flowers, plus green apple peels, lime, pears, spice, and some nice floral orange blossoms. This has a crisp lemon backbone on the palate, showing red apples, pears, floral orange blossoms, crushed limestone, sea salt, a touch of caramel and some lime towards the finish. This is wound up pretty tight on both the nose and palate as it should be, but what delicious underlying components. This will be great with some more cellar time, let these sleep. Very good+
Delicious racy avid backbone and oyster shell with vanilla and traces of white peach. Flabby when not well chilled. Incredible with oysters, seamless. Not spectacular tho... Worth trying but not worth chasing too hard.
Non-blind. Decanted 2 hours, slow-ox 3 hrs at Cuscina April 13. Impression: Very near Extraordinary. Nose: Amazing mineral aromas and citrusy Chard. On the palate it is nothing short of breathtaking. Acid level is on par with Champagne. Elegance is like the movements of a prima ballerina. Minerality component is like your nose inside seashells by the sea shore. First glass felt dis-jointed because of the piercing acids, but it came together well with its delineated exactness and intrinsic fruit. Entry with citrus. Mid palate is sheer pleasure and in the end palate there is a buttery Chard component that sent us in to Wonderland. Mind-boggling! Fantastic! One of the best Chablis I ever had. Wife loved it. I'm so happy we have 2 more. Next one in maybe 2019.
Mostly French at Tilia's: Clear yellow color with no hint of pre-mox. Stunning nose of citrus fruit and mineral. Equally great in the mouth, with expansive layers of flavor that fan out over the palate. Great texture and a perfect amount of acidity. Great, long finish. Maybe not quite the equal of the Dauvissat Le Clos, but still a thrilling Chablis.
Jules' Birthday (Corkbuzz, East Village, NYC): Deep straw, green meniscus. Pure, young, perfumed, mineral, stony Chardonnay on the nose. Primary. Palate soft, a bit sweet, butter; seems diffuse and disjointed at the moment. A good wine, but a bit lost in the mix tonight.
Clear, perfect gold colour, good legs. Clean, med intensity, overwhelming oxidised smell that morphs an older Gewürztraminer petrol taint - most unusual for Chablis. The smells are too strong to sense the underlying fruit. Dry, med. body, med alcohol, no tannins, light on acidity, again a creamy texture, honey, molasses, green gage, slight minerality, low intensity, slight lemon yet a short finish.
Tasted alongside the 07 Preuses, this Les Clos unfortunately showeda touch of oxidation that did not mar enjoyment of this wine but may be worth noting for those planning to hold a long time. Other than the slight signs of age, this had what you'd expect from this bottling and vintage - briny salinity, lively acid. Went terrific with oysters, perhaps slightly less inspired as a pairing with soft shell crab. I preferred the Preuses but this was delicious too. 92-93
This is a truly beautiful wine - the nose is full of lemon custard, oyster shells, and the most beautiful, pure salinity imaginable. Rich mouthfeel, but not soft, with great acidity and very long finish.
Bourgogne tasting event (Wine Route TLV): light golden color developed quality aroma of tropical fruits full-body, high acidity, balanced bitterness, green tropical non-ripe fruits, harmonious, long ending.
Nez discret, un peu d'acétone, coté lactique, de la poire. Beaucoup plus de charme en cette bouche ronde, grasse et large. Un texture élégante et suave. Pas très minéral pour ce cru, c'est exubérant, je le mettais même à Meursault! Encore bien jeune et un brin dissocié à ce stade, préférable d'attendre quelques années pour que le nez s'exprime mieux mais c'est une très belle bouteille. 92 pts
Questo invece mi piace un sacco, giallo paglierino con rif. verdolini , naso poco espressivo su note minerali sassose, quasi sentori di foglie verdi e erba appena tagliata, il tutto abb. sussurrato, bocca invece molto molto molto SALATA, ingresso con pressione palatale e con una bella freschezza, si beve a secchi e ti lecchi le labbra.
At first, after about two hours of air, I found this to be disappointing and I questioned why I spent 88 CHF on this wine when a $30 bottle of Fevre Fourchaume would have shown just as well. But give this wine about four hours of air and wow, it just comes alive. There is a touch of butter cream on the front on the palate, but the finish is where this wine shines, with minerals and a generous measure of salt. The midpalate is young and primary, full in the mouth, but without much detail and complexity, at least at this point. The Grand Cru qualities, at this point, are found on the finish. Drinking very well now, in a primary way. I would cellar this for a few years to see what complexities may emerge. Bought at Ritter Wine in Schaan and opened at the restaurant at the Residence Hotel in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
Burgundy 2011 Day 2: Lunch at Bistrot Grand Cru in William Fevre (William Fevre, Chablis): Boy, this was disappointing. Nose was very tight, some cream, earth, mushrooms all a bit reserved. The palate had a nice cleanness to it, with bright acidity and lots of juiciness. There was tons of weight and power on the attack, but the wine was so fresh and juicy that you do not notice it. Unfortunately, it was very truncated, all acid and lemony fruit, some melted butter and barely anything else past the midpalate. Absolutely no sign of the early promise we tasted in say the 2007 La Chablisienne Grenouilles. Such a let down after previous vintages of Fevre's Les Clos and the sterling reviews that the 2007 bottting has been receving in particular. Served blind, nobody could place what on earth it was. In fact, the bottle of straight Fevre Chablis that we had immediately after showed about as well as this did. We thought the wine might be flawed at first, but coming straight from Fevre's cellars as this bottle probably did, that would have been a tragedy.
Quel beau vin! Texture grasse, expression de beurre, d'agrumes et de felurs blanches. Il offre une belle complexité à mesure qu'il réchauffe. Une belle bouteille pour courronner une victoire du Canadien sur les Bruins (!!)
pretty closed still, which confused me as an 07 Valmur tasted recently was wide open. perhaps I should have opened this further in advance. still, unquestionably of Chablis and a balanced and intriguing wine, even if not showing everything that it has to offer on this day.
Grand Cru Chablis blind tasting (stockholm): tasted blind. classic minerality and gunpowder, but also grass and herbs - clover to be exact. As it opens up in the glass there is a clear perfumed note which I can't place, but that goes against the classic grain. The taste and finish is long and balanced but also open and expressive. I just can't guess the age of this. For vineyard I threw out valmur, but clearly without any good reason for it.
Un bouquet qui respire l’élégance, mais qui nous rappelle rapidement qu’on a ouvert ce vin plusieurs années avant qu’il ne puisse s’exprimer librement. On perçoit sa richesse, camouflée sous une première couche aromatique primaire (citron, orange, orange sanguine), mais on est frustré de ne pouvoir en profiter dès maintenant. La bouche est dense et profonde, ample et riche, sur fond d’arômes de mer. L’équilibre est impeccable, l’ensemble est à la fois fin, à la fois intense. Mais tout ceci n’est que prélude à sa finale qui est d’une longueur incroyable, intense, minérale, me rappelant un volcan débutant son éruption, sur les épices et les fruits de mer. Je n’ose imaginer ce que donnera ce vin après un repos de 5 ans en cave. 93+
Consistent with last bottle a week ago. Almost like a NZ sauvignon blanc. Gooseberry, almost grassy? But strong minerality, acidity, clean. Also green apple, long finish. Tight though, should wait another year before trying another.
A pretty intense wine. Strong minerality, more like chalk or granite than sea shells. Intense palate: concentrated, long, complex. Finish is a bit austere, a bit woody. Reminds me of an excellent 1er cru Puligny, rather than a young Chablis. Of course, I don't have enough experience with young Grand Cru Chablis to know whether that is a good thing or not. FWIW, I am happy to have more.
We had the 07 side by side with the 05. At this point, the 07 has that something extra - richer, broader flavor palate - and was the consensus favorite. Seriously good Chablis. Note to CT world - buy this wine. (Two bottles consumed, consistent.)
Confrerie Burgundy Trip – Day 1 (Chablis/Beaune): Shiny light gold. Heavy oyster shells on the first nose, then peaches and lime. Clean precise attack. High acidity, peaches and lime on the light bodied palate. Pure finish and very persistent.
More restrained sweetness than the Vaulorent, lots of acidic backbone here, smoothest and most harmonious of this tasting, but less of a wow wine than the Vaulorent right now. 90-92 now depending on your preferences of style.
More 2007 Chablis, Including Fevre Les Clos (Vin Vino, Palo Alto): Dizzyingly complex, penetrating nose-wow! This is by far the tightest, most backward of the wines today with a hint of citrus fruit, but what classic drive and a crescendo of minerality. No trace of wood here (maybe the acidity scared it away), but a welcome touch of youthful austerity, appropriate for an infant Grand Cru. Fabulous and much like the Dauvissat Clos from this year in possessing amazing palate presence and expansiveness with so little weight. This should be great with adequate time in the bottle.
In a ‘piercing contest’ between recent Chablis I have devoured this would win hands down. It has a little wood spice at first but from then on in its all about the piercing nature of the wine’s major attributes being derived from geological matter and citrus trees. Aromatically this is quite captivating with faint whiffs of lemon, oyster shell and white flowers. When it hits the mouth it almost throws the tongue into spasms and there is a connected string in this Chablis marionette that tugs at the skin around the eyes, immediately forming crow’s feet. There are ripe fruits here that you don’t smell or taste but feel, they buffer all of the piercing things and protect the gums from the bristling acidity. This has so much tension and yet it is suave, I think I’ll call it Pierce Brosnan.