Stephen Tanzer 91
"Bright light yellow. Musky aromas of orange oil, spices, nuts and butter reminded me of Meursault. Broad, rich and tactile in the mouth but with a light touch and firm minerality that come as a surprise following the nose. Not a honeyed style of Fourchaume in spite of its fullness. The stony, iodiney finish is crisp, dry and long. Serious, concentrated, chewy Chablis.”
Wine Advocate 89-91
"Chantemerle’s 2011 Chablis Fourchaume is gorgeous. It shows no hard edges in expressing the personality of the year and its origins. The Fourchaume is a bit more floral, lifted and refined than the straight Chablis. A hint of sweet white peaches wraps around the inviting finish. This is shaping up quite nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.
Francis Boudin is a simple, straightforward man, and so are his wines. Boudin describes the 2011s as having a lot of fruit, but not a lot of acidity. Accordingly, he thinks they need to be drunk within the next 2-3 years. Boudin says the 2010s are vins de garde, and can last 5-6 years because of their higher acidity. Personally, I would like to think the 2010s will last a little longer than that, especially if stored properly. The Chantemerle wines are mid-weight, genuine offerings that capture the rustic, artisan side of Chablis. The best wines can be compelling, but in lesser years, the wines are much less interesting." ~ AG
" Fourchaume is a large (100ha) Premier Cru located just to the Northwest of the strip of Grand Crus that sit in the very heart of the appellation. Fourchaume is considered, along with Montee de Tonnerre, to be the finest Premier Cru land in Chablis. As with all wines from this domaine, this is produced with hand-harvested fruit and is bottled unfiltered after fermentation and aging in tank." ~ Winery notes
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The Boudin domaine is located in La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, one of the hamlets outside of Chablis proper, just across the Serein river from the 1er Cru vineyard of Fourchaume. The Boudin family farms just over 11 hectares of vineyards in Chablis, including 5 in the premier cru Fourchaume. Run by Francis Boudin, Domaine Boudin is an outpost of artisanal, hand-crafted wine in a region that is dominated by negociants. Francis strives for purity and terroir-expressiveness by eschewing oak. Another distinguishing factor of Boudin's is the fact that all plantings have come from massal selections of their own Chablis vines rather than re-planting with Chardonnay clones from other areas of Burgundy, a more common practice in the region. Add to that the fact Domaine Boudin has an enviable array of holdings (including the rarest of rare 1er Cru L'Homme Mort, a south facing parcel within Fourchaume).