Subtle lean sherry butterscotch scotch pear petrol nose. White and yellow stone fruit, tart lychee, crisp pear, citrus, saline, mineral, an oxidative note on the palate. Just an all around hint of pox that is mildly distracting, more apparent as the wine warmed. Decanted, less oxidative with time. Enjoyable with a good chill but some complexity is lost. Last of three bottles. Drink up if these bottles are in fact representative.
La Las Dinner: Fantastic chablis with clear minerality and hints of citrus. Held up well to raw bar of shrimp and crab meat. Didn't quite match up to the 2009 Dauvissat Clos we poured next to it, but still a worthy contender.
PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs -translucent pale gold-green, looks half its age -somewhat reticent fresh reduction sea breeze lemon -med acidity, light weight with almost painfully intense minerality and saline, some lemon but only a shadow of the fruit remains from many years ago, elegant and regal, not a touch of oxidation, still very fresh, very long finish -a very serious wine, epitome of power without weight, was brilliant for its fireworks when younger and will be brilliant as it picks up mature elements, right now just excellent as it sits between those two states
Chablis-athon (Chicago, IL): This has acidity in the same style as the racy 2007, though it's dialed down to a 9 instead. The big contrast here is a lusher wine, with some juicy stone fruit that rounds out the acidity a lot more. This is a more complete wine, with much better balance between the elements.
A wow of a wine that has a beautiful light gold color tinged with the faintest green. Ripe, fully-extracted fruit and minerals are infused with a lively, scherzo-like acidity. Awesome! This is delicious, and it is not even at its peak! Some say the 2010 is better but I am not betting on it. Hold for about six years. 94 points.
My wife and I almost ran out of superlatives here. Gorgeous nose of seashells, lime, and jasmin flowers. Tremendous balance of the rich mouthfeel, lime-driven acidity, and chalky-saline crunch on the long finish. Lives up to its grand cru billing.
PnP. Slightly darker yellow than the usual Chablis. Upon opening not the most expressive nose but gains more minerality with more air. Unusually oily texture on the palate, slightly sweet and with good weight, white fruits, minerals, some nutty flavours. Long finish. Excellent, even though I would not mind a touch more freshness...
My first bottle of the '08 les Clos. A richly flavored Chablis: we had lamb kofta, not normally a dish you pair with white wine, but it worked. Rich mouthfeel with substantial acidity lending structure. The nose runs to white fruits, lime, mineral dust, and the flavor profile matches.
Pale yellow and vibrant, no pre-mox with this baby. Intense lemon grass and tart citrus aromas. For me, Les Clos is always the lusher cuvee' from Fevre. Just starting to evolve into something special. Will spin the pre-mox wheel and let the remaining bottles rest a bit longer.
Popped, poured, followed over next two hours. Lovely layers of citrus, pear, green apple, and seashell minerality. Precise, focused, succulent with just a touch of balancing richness closing with a lengthy expanding finish.
Wine served blind to friends at a lunch, with the balance finished the next evening with dinner.
Pale gold. Lovely pure nose, like a snow fed mountain stream. Lightly and prettily perfumed with aromas of lemon zest, acacia blossom, touches of honeycomb, rock melon, green apple and white pear. Mineral elements too: steel, wet granite and some blackboard chalk. Blind, bouquet confusable with White Burgundy (Puligny-Montrachet?), just the hint of salinity gives it away. Sweet entry on palate, silky texture. Bright, racy acids, with real intensity. This is excellent Chablis, with real fruit weight, Grand Cru depth, power (at only 12.5% alc) and structure, and a strong acid backbone, but precise and focused and beautifully balanced. Flavours of lemon, lime, minerals and almonds. There is oak here but it is well integrated. Long, with a dry finish. Better on the second day. Lovely now, but will improve over many years (if it survives premox).
The 2008 Fevre Valmur I had a couple of months ago was good, but this is a class above, 94.
Dinner at l'Artusi 7/29/2013 (l'Artusi, NYC): Pale straw. Pure, fresh saline and oyster shell nose; could not be more classic: lemon-lime notes, steel, and concrete. The palate is a portrait of austerity at this early stage, very crisp but with the fine ripeness you expect from Les Clos. Primary and unevolved, but with fine balance. Good length. Hold for at least 5-8 years, but likely quite a few more than that. (from magnum, and memory)
A bigger fuller example of GC Chablis. Nice minerality with lemons, green apples and nice acidity that you come to expect from Chablis. The finish has a slight nutty oak quality to it that gives the wine a broader appeal.
Not a big Chablis fan, but this is one exception. Very focused nose, medium to full bodied, citrus, butter, complexity with a very good backbone. A lot of zip in this wine. Stood up to the 1990 Ch. Margaux drank after it. Enjoyable now but will be better in 3 years or more.
Dinner with Friends (FMIII in the OC): Zest, tight, lemon, acid, clean, and fresh sums it up for me. Really nice. This was perfect with the delicate shrimp salad, really complimented and raised the game for both.
Beautiful aromatics of marine--shells and sea air. There is a lemon zest note that drives the fruit, along with lemon-lime and mineral. Medium weight and the energy of the acid in the finish. This was really good, maybe as good as the 08 Brocard Clos which I have enjoyed several times now, too.
Aside from some vinous sweetness, this wine is essentially carved from a block of stone. It is so rocky and detailed. There's tremendous depth of minerally things and just a faint floral suggestion. It is muscular and majestic with a finish that is dry and explosive.
Nose: Medium minus intensity, elderflow, mineral> stone, spice, citrus. Mouth: medium acid, slight phenoic grip, tart? more orchard fruit that citrus, very slight spice and lees notes, medium length finish.
CT Texas III Offline (Galveston, TX): Very tight on opening, with citrus pith, chalky minerals, and laser acidity dominating. After 2 hours of decanting, this developed a stone fruit, orange, and red grapefruit nose with a funky, earthy edge to it. Peach and Meyer lemon on the palate with earthy minerals and oaky spice. Great length.
CT Texas III; 11/18/2011-11/21/2011 (Galveston, TX): Blind, I would have never guessed Chablis. Beautiful attack on the nose with peach, pear, apricot, stone fruit, pineapple, mango, and crushed rocks. On the palate really full bodied, peach, pear, green apple, meyer lemon, mineral, and a great saline flavor. Finishes long and juicy. If not for the 73 Sterling, this was WOTN.
Chablis and Champagne 19-22.09.2011; 9/19/2011-9/22/2011: 80% barrel fermentation. The scent purrs up out of the glass as effortlessly as a Rolls Royce: big, fat, slow, sleek, massive, inevitable. Sweet, surprising entry (white peach, tangerine, nectarine); prickling, almost "sparkling" acidity; literally mouth-watering finish, only medium-long at this infant stage. Massive, dense texture, hard to believe it only has 12,5% alc (I guessed 13,5%, and have had many skinnier New World Chardonnays with 14,5%). Hard to believe this will close down (surely it will!) given its accessibility today. €49,30 au chai. 94P(+)
Decanted 5 hours. Melon, Honeydew upon first taste. Lime zest and unmistakable oyster shell minerality on the finish. High acid. Spectacular bottling. High priced Chard that, honestly, I believe is worth the price for this vintage. Great bottle! A real pleasure to drink 93-94pts
Quite closed initially, opening slowly with all kinds of sea-like aromas, then showing some apple and wet leaf. Intense, piercing in the attack, calming down into a silky med+ bodied palate, very finely balanced, rich in minerality and crisp acidity. Elegant, very long. Really impressive though young.
Brought by mistake instead of the village Fevre Chablis to a clam bake at my partner's Country Club. This was a fantasticl wine that was perfect with raw oysters, shrimp, crab meat, caviar and assorted Sushi. There was strong chablis minerality with tart apple, acidity that alomost gave it a lemon flavor and roasted nuts at the back of the palate. Just begining to develop depth. Long finish. Let this sit as long as you dare before premox and I think a cascade of flavors will emerge.
Drank four of the 2008 Fevre GC's. The unanimous ranking was Les Clos, Bougros Cote de Bouguerots, Vaudesir, Valmur. All were very restrained, unlike the last few vintages which I felt were easier to drink at a very early age. The Clos is the class act. Valmur had a very expressive nose, but didn't follow through as much. The Vaudesir had a fair amount going on on the palate. All in all, a hold not a drink at this point. Drink the 04/05/06 or 07's at this point before these.
Decided to kill a youngster...this wine is outrageously good and even better after letting half the bottle sit out for a day. all of the characteristics you could want in a young chablis-citrus, minerality, oyster shell, flowers. this stays in the mouth forever and is perfectly balanced. pure in the truest sense of the word.
New years eve dinner, had with chicken crep's normandy. Wow, this had a great nose, like a bouguet a flowers. Loads of apple, citrus, stone and a nice touch of lemon zest. Very long finish that lasted a full 30 seconds. Went perfectly with dinner as the acidty of the wine and the sweetness of the nomandy sauce were a perfect match. Would love to try this again in 2015, thanks John for this beauty.
Stunning from start to incredibly long finish. Lemon/lime, flowers, white fruit and mineral on nose. Lemon custard, white fruit, stone, zest that is both refreshing and palate-coating/penetrating - a textural sensation that is riveting. Great balance and finesse. Great length. Beautiful alone, but was terrific with seafood. Meant to grab an '02, but glad I got 'tricked' into trying this in its stunning youth.
This is some wine and a WOW wine to be exact. The earth, , minerals, limestone engulfed my mouth in a deep complex finish that went on and on. This is just incredible stuff and while it's young I loved it and would open more bottles. The best Fevre wine I have ever had
The aroma is just so fresh, pure and understated, that it draws you in, encouraging hearty intakes of air so as to wrap the brain around this most alluring of smells. There are notes of mint, aniseed, freshly shucked oysters and citrus blossom. In the mouth this wine is so direct and intense but not forceful. Its perfect posture is sheathed in a layer of protective glycerol and it possesses near perfect balance. It finishes with an almighty, chalky snap and one’s breath is left scented with rocks and flowers.
Bouchard / Fèvre / Henriot Tasting (The Wine Cellar Club - Irvine, CA): Also somewhat closed on the nose but opening up with time in the glass, this offers delicate yet complex nuances of melon, sweet stones, and fresh herbs. Crunchy and firm in texture with superb focus from the minerals and acidity. The concentration of the fruit is very apparent from the length on the finish. This is like drinking freshly squeezed fruit juice that has been macerated in crushed stones. I really love the steely density these wines exhibit; they have a lot of potential barring premox issues of course.
Pale straw in colour. Very tight and closed down at present but very rich with concentrated fruit and the finish goes on and on. Power and finesse. This could be some wine once it begins to open up. 93-95 points. Estimated maturity: 2016+