Sunday, August 8, 2010

Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2008

The 2008 wines from Chablis continue to get great reviews.  My first taste of them was a Christian Moreau and it  was superb.  The second one to surface was the Simonnet-Febrve Millesime Chablis at $17.   This domaine is owned by Louis Latour.  It is also the first time I have seen this domaine in the market and so was my first taste.

Green gold in the glass and perfectly clear.  It had the perfect Chablis nose of a very lightly struck match, some wet limestone and some citrus.  The body was medium and the mouth feel was light and crisp without being delicate.  Wonderful acidity and good depth of flavor.  The finish was more than acceptable and ended with Chablis minerality.  How I wish more wineries could make chardonnay taste this good for $17.  12.5% alcohol.

There were some Chesapeake Bay clams, steamed with andouille sausage, onions and garlic as a starter and then some pan seared and oven roasted halibut with only salt and lemon juice to accompany.  The wine and the fish were near perfect together. 

Both of the wines from the 2008 vintage have been regular bottlings and have been very, very good.  I am excited about trying some of the premier cru wines from the vintage and perhaps a grand cru or two.

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