Cold Steel in the Hour of Chablis

Posted on: July 13th, 2004 by

Chablis rules. It is the steely, minerally, powerfully acidic (in a good way…great aging potential) Chardonnay. It’s lumped in with Burgundy, but it is actually closer to Champagne. Chablis makes me giddy with joy…for me it is everything Chardonnay should be.

2002 William Fevre Chablis Premier Cru “Fourchaume”

WOW! What a pleasure to drink this wine. It was only $24, which is a very fair price for a Premier Cru. This baby is great now, but I would love to drink this in about five years…or more. Alas, I have no patience for that. I have a Grand Cru white Burgundy, a 2000, that I should not drink for 6 years, but I have a feeling I am going to crack it open tomorrow night. Waiting on wine is for people with way more money and patience than I. If you can afford to buy a case of great white Burgundy, you can drink one a year for 12 years and enjoy how it evolves. And kudos to those folks. But wine is made for drinking. Would I pass up a twenty-year-old white Burgundy from a great vintage that has been cellared? HELL NO!!! But I believe if you want to drink it, drink it, damnit!!!

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