Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Champs Royaux" Chablis William Fevre 2008

I picked this up for 18$ at Costco (you can also get this wine at K&L for 19$) after having seen the name William Fevre in a few places (Wine Doctor, Eric Asimov, and Brooklyn Guy). I figured that it was worth a shot. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert, because I don't know too much about Burgundy, but the internet tells me that Henriot owns this Domaine now, or at least runs it, as Mr. Fevre has retired and gone to Chile. I'm not going to pretend that I didn't have to look up "Champs Royaux" to figure out that this was a Vieilles Vignes Chablis either. It would be interesting to try all their Premier Cru, and Grand Cru vineyards after trying this wine. (Come on Henriot--I know this is Burgundy, but you're a big conglomerate--show me some love like the others.) This particular wine rocked my world last night. Sarah and I both enjoyed it immensely. Lots of pear on the nose, as well as stony notes, limes, and saltiness. Just a hint of oak comes out, but not too much (ie not like a Mersault). (The Tanzer and Burghound tasting notes are spot on.) The main thing that struck me about this wine other than the very pure expression of Chardonnay was how well built this wine is. It's layered and nuanced in the mouth; you can feel all the layers in the crisp acidity. They literally ripple across your tongue like a mild electric shock. All in all, texturally, this wine is fantastic. I would love to try the upper crust wines, just for the sake of comparison, but this wine made me a pretty happy dude and was a perfect accompaniment to dinner and the blistering heat that we've been experiencing in LA recently. A-  

2 comments:

Cabfrancophile said...

Damn, your Costco has the good shiz. For every good thing I find at mine, there are two at yours!

Jeff said...

Technically, I didn't get this at my Costco, located in Hawthorne. Hawthorne is a weird mix--right on the border of the "hood" and the beach. So it has a very unique mix of items, but is definitely more down scale in some regards, especially wine.

I got this bottle at the Culver City Costco, which I pass by frequently, and has a number of really interesting things to drink. I try and drop by every time I drive by just for the selection of wine. Before the recession, it had a lot more high end/expensive stuff, but now they have a lot of good values that probably can't be sold elsewhere in near the volume that Costco can do. People sitting on inventory must really like Costco right now...Muga Rioja surprised me, and so did this wine. Although this wine is probably more up Costco's alley than you'd think--owned by a big conglomerate and definitely not dedicated to making natural wine or something.