2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1132571 96 points John Gilman

 Domaine William Fèvre’s 2011 les Clos is also a simply magical wine in the making. The superb bouquet shows of great depth and complexity in its mix of apple, lemon, tart orange, very complex, flinty minerality, spring flowers and a gentle topnote of lime zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and supremely elegant, with a rock solid core, stunning focus, length and grip, impeccable balance and a veritable mineral bath of a finish. A brilliant young bottle of les Clos.  (12/2012)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As it was from cask last year this remains quite closed but aggressive swirling liberates ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort possesses exquisite balance and the tightly wound flavors are going to need at least 5 to 7 years of bottle age to really flesh out and blossom. This is also a knock-out.  (10/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fevre 2011 Les Clos represents another vivid contrast with a corresponding 2012. The intensity of attack and grip of the latter are replaced here by mineral and herbal complexity that sneak up on your nose and a palate notable for its delicacy, transparency and lift. True, you could say that this is looser than the 2012, but that’s a judgment relative to a rather extreme exemplar of the latter vintage. Harmonious ripeness of white peach and citrus is shot-through with saliva-inducing oyster liqueur, incorporating shimmering suggestions of things saline, alkaline, seaweed-like and stony. (DS)  (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good pale, green-tinged yellow. Reticent aromas of lemon oil, white pepper and powdered stone. Minerally and powerful, conveying a strong impression of dry extract. The most withdrawn and imploded of these 2012s today, this seems much less marked by the vintage. A bit inscrutable at present, this very young wine will need a good decade in the bottle to express itself fully. (ST) 92+  (7/2013)

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