An earlier vintage of a favourite

[link2post id=”1259″]I’ve had the 2005[/link2post] of this wine twice, and each time thought it was the best Chablis I have ever tried. 2004 is a less ripe, more ‘classic’ vintage than 2005.

Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume “Vignoble de Vaulorent” 2004, Domaine William Fevre

A very steely, mineral nose with a strong nutty character. It is very complex and stylish. There is plenty of lemony fruit there too. This smells like really top Chablis. The palate has quite un-nerving amounts of acidity, but there is so plenty of fruit and minerality to keep this from being a merely painful experience. Indeed, they combine to make the palate quite beautiful and refined. It is extremely long, and the complex flavours are a real delight. OK, the 2005 was just better, its extra ripeness, density and weight adding dimension to the wine, but as far as top-grade Chablis goes you cannot go wrong with this. Lovely (and serious) as it is now it’ll age and improve for at least five years or so. I didn’t get to drink things like this in the bin, ah it is good to be out.