Had a Glass: 2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Domaine William Fèvre
Variety: Chardonnay
Designation: Les Lys
Region: France
Sub-region: Burgundy, Chablis 1er Cru
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $45 (BD LDB)

He says: There are some terms used to describe wine that are highly esoteric and tend to be the domain of wine geeks and scholars. Two of those descriptors are mineral and flint. If you’re interested in a definitive example of what these two descriptors practically mean for a wine, I’d like to present Exhibit A. Drink this alongside a regular Chardonnay (BC or California) and you’ll have a masterclass on minerality right in the comfort of your own home. However, this wine is much more than sniffing/tasting a handful of stones – there’s plenty of youthful citrus and green apple flavours that integrate so elegantly. The finish is perfectly dry, without being sour or tart. Excellent quality and highly recommended, especially with oysters and a hot date.

She says: Chablis is one of my favourite white wines and this is the perfect example of why. The nose was a little shy at first but gradually grew in confidence with its layers of citrus and mineral evolving with more time in the glass. Granny smith apple, citrus and a lovely depth of mineral on the palate. A fresh and elegant wine with a lovely, long, dry finish. This wine is the perfect date!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon green
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, chalk mineral, strong flinty stone
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med- body, med+ intensity, green apple, citrus, chalk, mineral, pineapple, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Excellent, Ready to drink

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

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