this bottle was much more lively than the last, very nice citrus and some florals on the nose, some underlying minerals and enough bite but also some age… very good wine, if only they could all be this way from this vintage -- way to many dead bottles… still wondering if we'll say same about 2008, 2010 etc in a decade… i hope not
Mostly 2011 Chablis Seminar/Tasting at La Paulee (Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco): Magnum. Healthy yellow color. Not surprisingly, completely different than the young pups. Brooding, complex, truffled aromatics with faint mushroom. This retained freshness for over an hour in the glass, so oxidation is not a concern. Weighty and lush, some deeply pitched citrus remains. I liked the bitter pith at the end, but it is marred by a slightly off note that stays behind once you swallow it. Very interesting and better than most 2001 Chablis I've had.
Saline overkill! Salty briny delineated flavors throughout intertwined with riper fruit. Slightly fuller style versus the leaner 1er crus. Didn't deliver the bite which we were expecting though - we were looking for/expecting more raciness. Paired perfectly with our oysters.
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(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Light yellow color; green apple, acacia, green fruit nose; tasty, maturing, tart lemon, mineral, lightly honeyed, light gunpowder palate; long finish 94+ points (gorgeous, my WOTD)
(Fevre William Chablis Le Clos) A young lemon-yellow colour. The nose is a little reticent but wide and with some citrus bite - slowly increasing in depth with time. The palate is well textured - even waxy - also, like the nose, it’s understated and tight though the perfect acidity and length go unquestioned. This is showing about 50% of what was on display about 18 months ago so I won’t touch another for 4 or 5 years. Should still be top-class in the future
(Fevre William Chablis Le Clos) Lemon yellow, just a little deeper than the 2002. The nose is waxy with faint citrus and grapefruit plus the remnants of oak. The palate has the faintest element of harshness from oak, but it's fading. Lovely minerality with the acidity giving a really penetrating finish. Less ready than the 2002, but this level of concentration will amply repay 5-10 years in the cellar. There's now 12 in the cellar!
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