William Fevre Chablis 2017
I recently tasted this alongside every wine in the William Fevre Chablis portfolio, including its Grands Crus Chablis that cost up to $300 per bottle, and my personal belief is that this was clearly the best of the lot and, make no mistake, the other wines were not bad at all. Give me $300 and I would buy 7 or 8 bottles of this rather than one bottle of one of the Grands Crus. Sure the Grands Crus were from the tricky 2016 vintage that was affected by frost but, still, I think this 2017 Chablis is a phenomenal one-off. The fruit is incandescently bright and pure, twinkling like starlight, while the palate is lean, long, and mineral, and absolutely the essence of what Chablis is all about. Unsurprisingly, I learned that the vineyards where this wine is grown are on north-facing slopes which is just what you want in a hot year like 2017 because north-facing means cool and this is one cool, lean, and classically refined Chablis. Absolutely delicious and a huge overperformer. I couldn't recommend this highly enough. Drink now to 2030+.