A reasonably sunny afternoon, friends and a bbq – time to whip out some 01/02 Fevre – clearly with an eye open for any undue aging or oxidation. Only one bottle spoiled, but that was down to a more traditional foe…
2001 William Fevre, Chablis Les Clos
Yellow with green glints. Deep, hints of green fruit, a faint impression of oak and sulfur, ripe melon – quite some depth. Intense, good acidity and very mineral – hurrah, super and rather young Les Clos.
Rebuy – Yes
2002 William Fevre, Chablis Les Clos
Slightly lighter, again with a hint of green. The nose is finer and lighter with higher toned fruit and floral notes. Again intense, just a little more acid driven. Mineral, but less obviously so than than the 2001 and perhaps a little less concentrated, but what’s that in the finish – TCA. Within 15 minutes of opening it went from lovely to yukky – but never any cork aroma, only flavour…
Rebuy – Yes (but only bottles that aren’t corked!)
2002 William Fevre, Chablis Bougros
Maybe even lighter than the clos. Similarly fresh an wide, just a little less oomph. Lovely width, hint of lime and ripe fruit good length – very good. This was lovely.
Rebuy – Yes
So no po.x, only our old ‘fiend’ dodgy corks to spoil the fun.
All of these wines are very young. From a style perspective I slightly prefer the width and fineness of the 02s to the riper 2001, but that’s only splitting hairs. I note (above) that Winesearcher shows massive price variation on the 02 Les Clos – both of these are from reputable UK merchants…