By Wine Enthusiast Simonnet-Febvre 2006 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis) Rating: 93 Price: $70.00/750.00 ml Designation: Les Clos Grand Cru Varietal: Chardonnay Appellation: Chablis, Burgundy, France Producer: Simonnet-Febvre Alcohol: 13.00% Case Production: 430 Bottle Size: 750.00 ml Category: White Importer: Louis Latour Inc Published in Magazine: 5/1/2009 Published to Web: 5/1/2009 While Les Clos is less well known than some other grands crus, it does give an impressively complete wine. Initially rounded, it then shows some many other facets. All the elements are here, the proper steely core, the rich white and yellow fruits, and the shaft of acidity that cuts through the wood and the richness. R.V. (5/1/2009) — 93 By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2006 Domaine Louis Latour Chablis le Clos Simmonet Febvre A Chardonnay Dry White Table wine from Les Clos, Chablis, Burgundy, France Review by David Schildknecht Wine Advocate # 180 (Dec 2008) Rating: (90-91) Drink 2008 - 2015 Cost: $77 Simmonet-Febvre’s 2006 Chablis Le Clos (also tasted from barrel) displays the saline, chicken- and herb-broth character that often distinguishes Chablis from any non-Kimmeridgian wine on earth. Pear, quince, lime, mint, and narcissus also contribute to the ravishing complexity of aromas on display here. Substantial and rich, yet satisfyingly juicy and thought-provokingly meaty and mineral, this reflection of a great site will probably be worth following for at least 5-7 years. Louis-Fabrice Latour and oenologue Jean-Charles Thomas presented a 2006 collection that displayed the opulent richness that one would anticipate from such a ripe vintage, and from the Latour house style. Sometimes these wines want a bit for clarity, definition and distinctiveness – occasionally they are rather obviously marked by dairy flavors from their malolactic conversion – but the best of them have much to offer. Since I did not have opportunity to include in my issue 179 report notes on the Chablis bottlings of Simmonet-Febvre – a domaine Latour purchased in 2003 (and which also bottles some lovely sparkling wines) – I have made note of them here. Louis Latour has numerous importers throughout the U.S. By simonnet-febvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" Vine: 100 % Chardonnay. Soil Composition: Kimmeridgian, Clay and Limestone. Average Age Of Vineyards: 35-40 years. Average Yield: 54 hl/ha. Winemaking: Barrel fermented. Maturing: 15-18 months in barrel on fine lees. Bottle Ageing: 5- 12 years. Serving Temperature: Between 12° & 14°C. Tasting Note: The king of the Grands Crus appellation: a rich, luscious wine with great complexity of flavours. The wine, above all other, for keeping. Vintage 2006 Charming Burgundy Wines. Charming. That is the word that springs to everyone's lips when talking of the 2006 vintage in Burgundy. After a year of more than erratic weather, the work of the professional has paid off. 2006 was a demanding vintage requiring unwavering attention, both on the vine and in the fermenting rooms, and if the whites are excellent the reds are astounding. White Wines The Chablis and the Yonne vineyards: The 2006 wines display quite exceptional maturity and balance. Most Yonne winegrowers consider this vintage to be a benchmark. Some even hold that it is the best of the last ten years even. The quality of the fruit, the mineral composition, the balance and body - everything is there to ensure that these wines will be at their best within a few years. 2006 will be a vintage to remember, and is absolutely perfect for laying down.