Premoxed. The color looked OK but the smell was there of madeirized wine and certainly can taste on the palate. I stuck it back in the fridge and maybe give it some air and time, but not expecting much
(Mostly) Grand Cru Chablis Dinner (GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago IL): Lots of ripe stone fruit aroma and flavors, mature beyond its years. Enjoyable to start, less interesting and more advanced with more time in glass. Popped and poured, and I wouldn't open this any sooner before serving. Last few bottles haven't lived up to bottles opened as recently as 2011.
Wow. Brilliant again, not a hint of the pox. Very light colored, even a green hue to the light yellow. Very bright, with crisp creamy citrus fruit and subtleties galore. Starts off with more of a brioche or light toffee note, which dissipates over time in glass to show more chalky fruit. The only nit might be the warmth of the 02 vintage, which I know many would adore, but which for me obscures a bit of the Chablis character and leaves this a bit like an aged, less oaky, Aubert chardonnay. Very long finish, great complexity and class. This bottle would be shining 8 years from now. Superb.
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(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots) This wine reveals a delightful sequence of aromas, firstly nutty, then mealy and nutty. It has an evocative style, and despite its youth does not seem to tightly wound up on the nose, although neither is it unexpectedly relaxed or open. The palate is finely resinous, flavoursome and nicely composed. A slightly chalky, peppery quality comes in at the finish, and overall this is really very good indeed. The persistent, lightly honeyed finish carrying little fleeting complexities, of toffee and ginger, is a sure sign of greater pleasures to come. Although generally regarded as a lesser vineyard amongst the grand cru sites, this is still an impressive wine.
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots) Last tasted four years ago, and unlike the Montmains tasted alongside there is certainly no difficulty with oxidation here. The colour is a clean, pale gold. The nose is convincing, with a very deep, minerally, stony edge to it, along with notes of blanched almonds, floral elements too, vanilla pods (but not the harsh vanilla of oak) with a lightly grainy feel to the fruit. Lovely breadth in the mouth, not exactly tense but certainly well framed and with a little grip to it, the finish of the wine showing quite a lots of vigour and energy. Good flavours, clean, more restrained than the toffee and ginger notes I picked up last time (perhaps some oak elements have faded), more pure than that, with plenty of length in the finish too. Lovely effort here, and no rush to drink at present.
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