2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis-Vaudésir Grand Cru
Wine & Spirits
Henriot’s domaine in Chablis includes three acres of vines on the steep, south-facing slopes of Vaudésir. The soils are predominantly chalky clay, mixed with Kimmeridgian limestone. The wine has the beautiful fresh scent of chamomile, a bright, pure expression of chardonnay that carries its chalky floral richness all the way through to a generous end. It’s powerful yet discreet, building layers of flavor intensity and seeming to only get fresher over the course of several days.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is noticeably riper than the Vaulorent with hints of exotic yellow fruit along with hints of spice and mineral reduction. Here too there is impressive size and weight to the solidly well-concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess an opulent mid-palate before ending in a mineral-driven and intensely saline-infused finish that just goes on and on. A terrific 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A surprisingly sweetly-suggestive, high-toned nose of pineapple, orange rind and nutmeg wafted by ocean breeze greets one from the glass of Fevre 2011 Chablis Vaudesir. It offers a lusciously juicy, sweetly-citric palate impression mouthwateringly mingled with clam stock and transparent to nuances of spices, toasted nuts, salt and stone. Soothing and elegant, clear, delicate and refined, this really grows on me as it opens up in the glass... frankly, it is so expressive now that one should not under any circumstances forego its immediate company. (DS)
Voluptuous and sexy, the 2011 Chablis Vaudesir bursts onto the palate with waves of rich, expansive fruit. Almond, orange zest and mint all come to life in this fairly large-scaled, intense wine. Rich, creamy and generous ... The fleshy, broad-shouldered style is pure 2011. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, pale lemon-yellow. Steely aromas of grapefruit, lemon and mint. Quite rich and sweet, with a slightly high-toned character, but has enough acidity to maintain its verve and balance. This very solaire site was a strong positive factor in the cooler 2011 vintage, noted Seguier. Pliant and very long on the aftertaste. A splendid showing today, although Seguier noted that the 2011 grand crus, which were bottled in December of 2012, are just now beginning to emerge from a closed phase. (ST)
Hint of smoke alongside crisp apple and citrus fruit. Long, dense finish – you can feel great potential here, and there’s some development already. 17/20 points (RH)