2009 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A mildly exotic and atypically reticent nose that is ripe yet airy showcases aromas of orange peel, peach and hints of roasted nut and iodine, before leading to rich, even opulent medium plus weight flavors that are delicious, round and strikingly persistent on the mouth coating and moderately austere finish. This has really come together since I last saw it and like the Bougros, this is quite a bit more refined than I'm used to seeing. An excellent example.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate's 2009 Chablis Vaudesir bursts onto the palate with an exciting melange of ripe fruit, minerals and smoke. The Vaudesir impresses for its textural elegance, sheer beauty and pure finish. There is a weightlessness here that is hard to describe but that separates it from most of the other wines in this lineup. This steep, south-facing site is the first to mature at Fevre, yet there is no heaviness whatsoever in the glass. The Vaudesir is a strikingly beautiful, complete Chablis. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very pale green-tinged yellow. Citrus peel, vanilla and toast on the reticent nose. Rich, broad and spicy, with a pronounced yet delicate element of white flowers. Sound acids for the vintage keep it fresh, but this is more open-knit today than the Bougros. The aromatic finish features white flowers and fresh herbs. I don't find the exotic fruit component this wine showed a year ago. Still, it will be at its best before the Bougros.
There's a juiciness to this white, though it stays firm and on the lean side. Green apple, green plum, lemon and spice flavors prevail. This is long, with an edge of mineral on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 100 cases imported.