fevre 1998 chablis les clos

Update 15.8.2009(11.8.2009)billn

This singleton has been kicking around the cellar for quite some time. Given the yes/no discussion about whether Fevre may or may not have some random oxidation problems, I thought I may as well open it up – it was a little too soon maybe; I wonder how many bottles are lost to such p.ox angst…
1998 Willam Fevre, Chablis Les Clos
Medium-plus yellow – not quite a golden colour. The nose has a little matchstick and oak, it’s quite dense, the fruit is ripe though not tropical. Decently soft, slightly waxy texture with an impression of flavour from the matchstick aromas. I would say that the only obvious mineral aspect is the finish, but it’s very long and creamy. Dense with good enough acidity. This is actually rather good – though bought for peanuts 8-or-so years ago – yet I have the impression it would have been even better in a few more years.
Rebuy – Yes

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There is one response to “fevre 1998 chablis les clos”

  1. Toby Kwan11th August 2009 at 7:56 amPermalinkReply

    Nice note. I’m a fan of the Fevre grand crus. When do you think is the drinking plateau of their wines from a good vintage?

    • billn11th August 2009 at 8:15 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Toby,
      My own rule of thumb; from a good vintage I would say 10-15 years of age for well-made GC Chablis, though I’m not sure ‘plateau’ is the best word as I think they continue to develop – the only question that comes, is at what time do they start to develop in a negative way(?)
      Top producers, longer still (post 2000 Fevre should be in that category), say 10-20+ years…
      Cheers, Bill

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