jamie goode's wine blog: Chablis times two

Monday, June 18, 2007

Chablis times two

A couple of Chablis to compare, Laroche 2005 and William Fevre 2005 (this will be priced at 8.99 in Bibendum's forthcoming sale, which starts on July 3rd).

Both taste like Chablis: that is they have fresh, bright fruit with a distinctive minerality lurking around somewhere in the background, and they also have a savoury nature to them. They don't taste like unoaked Chardonnays (which is what they effectively are, but which isn't the point of Chablis).

The Laroche is a bit smoother and broader than the slightly edgy Fevre. The Fevre has some citrus pith character; the Laroche has a touch of what I describe as 'straw'. Both are versatile food wines. The Fevre is sealed with natural cork, the Laroche with a screwcap (although the liner used here is saranex, without the common metal layer which allows much less oxygen transmission - it's a wise move for this sort of wine, because you have to be on your guard using a tin liner otherwise you can run into reduction problems).

Both these wines are good examples of Chablis and, while they're not going to blow your socks off, they're extremely tasty and versatile. Fevre just has the edge for me. The Laroche is available as part of a Laroche mixed case from Tesco, or from Sainsbury at 8.99.

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At 7:17 PM, Blogger David said...

I pickd up the Laroche in the silly 30% off offer that Sainsbury did about 8 weeks ago. It's def NOT worth the ridiculous 8.99 quid but definitely worth the 6.50!

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I think CostCo sell the 2006 Fevre for a bit less and IMHO it's even better than the 2005.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Well, at 6.50 the Laroche is a really good buy - and if the 06 Fevre is available for less than 8.99, this sounds like a good deal also. Is Costco a wholesaler, though? Do you need some sort of card?


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