Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great 2012 Chablis - limited amounts

Tanzer just scored the 2012 Fevre Chablis
we have less than a case left of each.

2012 William Fevre Chablis:

2012 William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru...$104.99
Lightly hazy pale yellow-green. Soil-driven scents of citrus peel, anise, spices and white pepper, with a hint of toast; this smells profound. Boasts a silky texture and outstanding volume and power, with powerful concentration to the flavors of lemon, minerals, spices and oregano. Offers a magical combination of richness and precision and a slowly building, extremely long finish 

Rated 93-96/100 Burghound
Rated 94-95/100 The Wine Advocate
Pale yellow. Powerful aromas of lime, quinine, crushed rock and iodine. Silky on entry, then dense and penetrating in the middle, displaying terrific limey lift and saline thrust to the flavors of citrus peel, crushed rock, elderflower and white pepper. Most promising today on the echoing, building, palate-staining finish, with strong acidity (more than 4.5 grams per liter, according to Seguier) drawing out the wine's fruit. A knockout--and still an infant.
Rated 95+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cotes Bouguerots Grand Cru...$88.99 
A strikingly pungent alliance of peppermint, pennyroyal, lemon rind and chalk dust surges from the glass of Fevre’s 2012 Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots – tasted some six months before bottling – and allies itself on a firm, bright palate with crab apple and toasted shrimp shells. Hints of noble fungus and bittersweet floral perfume emerge as the glass stands open, but the emphasis here remains on tart fruits, green herbs, and stuff that requires a mineral vocabulary to imperfectly capture. This energetic but austere cru grips with formidable, pungent, brash tenacity. Its aptitude for refreshing, invigorating and tapping the salivary glands already, thankfully, triumphs over its austerity. Look for excitement through at least 2022. 
Rated 93-95/100 Burghound
Rated 93-94/100 The Wine Advocate
Pale yellow. Superb lift to the aromas of musky minerals, lime, ginger, quinine and elderflower, complicated by pepper and toasty nuances. Suave, seamless and sappy, boasting outstanding energy, cut and inner-mouth perfume to its explosive ripe citrus, mineral and pepper flavors. This very dry, broad grand cru finishes with terrific peppery lift, building length and a magically light touch. A beauty.
Rated 95/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru
This is notably more elegant than it usually is with its grudging aromas of white flower, citrus zest, iodine and algae. The muscular and intensely citrus-infused broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding concentration and focused power before concluding in a bone dry and mineral-driven finish. This is a very big wine even by the outsized standards of the typical Bougros yet save for a slight touch of warmth it maintains near perfect balance.

Rated 93-95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 91-94/100 Burghound
Rated 92-93/100 The Wine Advocate
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Delicate aromas of lime, fresh herbs and white pepper. At once large-scaled and gripping, displaying superb depth and vinosity to its flavors of lemon, lime and medicinal herbs, plus a hint of eucalyptus. This wonderfully suave, seamless wine spreads out on the back end to saturate the palate. From vines averaging 45 years of age, including a percentage planted by William Fevre's father in 1948 and 1949.
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 William Fevre Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru...$75.99 
This is clearly riper than the Montmains with hints of dried yellow orchard fruit on the otherwise classic Chablis aromas of green fruit and wet stone. There is a beguiling succulence to the intense, precise and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a clean, bone dry, balanced and strikingly persistent finish. This is one the best examples of the Fèvre Vaillons that I have seen. 
Rated 92-94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 90-93/100 Burghound
Rated 91-92/100 The Wine Advocate
Ripe but extremely closed nose hints at white pepper. Broad and energetic but tight in the mouth, with terrific limey thrust and a brisk flavor of green apple. Finishes fresh, tactile and long. This sharply delineated wine will show a stronger mineral character with a few years of cellaring.
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 William Fevre Chablis Montee de Toneere 1er Cru...$51.99 
This offers up buckets of Chablis character with its pure aromas of mineral reduction, citrus rind, green fruit and pretty floral scents. There is excellent intensity and real punch to the splendidly detailed medium weight plus flavors that deliver seriously impressive depth on the explosive and bone dry finish. This is almost painfully intense yet there is virtually no austerity and overall, this is quite simply terrific. 
Rated 92-94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 91-94/100 Burghound
Rated 91-92/100 The Wine Advocate
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent aromas of lime zest, wet stone and saline oyster shell. Densely packed, creamy and deep, with a combination of strong minerality and lively acidity (4.5 grams per liter) giving cut to the lime, pineapple and oyster shell flavors. Richer than the Lys but a bit less taut, even if it's still a bit reduced and in need of patience. This extremely long wine should enjoy a slow and graceful evolution in bottle.
Rated 93+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 William Fevre Chablis Fourchame 1er Cru...$41.99
There is a lovely range of aromas present here with both white and yellow orchard fruit, sea shore scents and smoke, all topped by a note of mineral reduction. There is outstanding richness to the powerful and impressively concentrated middle weight flavors that retain a racy mouth feel thanks to the bracing acidity that imparts a real sense of lift to the driving finish. This is also quite good and worthy of your attention 
Rated 91-93/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 90-91/100 Burghound
Rated 90-91/100 The Wine Advocate
Very pale, green-tinged yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of honey and wet stone. Less minerally and more chardonnay-like than the Lys but rich and fine-grained, showing an intriguing note of grilled hazelnut. Quite dry, even austere, on the back end, leaving the salivary glands quivering. Needs time in bottle to show its best.
Rated 90+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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