2009 Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru "Vaudevay" (Elsewhere $45)
A young wine, its fruit only just settling with the fine acidity and intense texture. The potential is all there, from the wood-aged character to the freshest acidity to the rich peach and green plum flavors. The texture gives the wine a final tang.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The cooler, later-ripening side of Chablis comes through in the 2009 Chablis Les Vaudevey. Slate, crushed rocks, green apples, melon and white peaches emerge from the glass. Floral notes add lift on the bright finish. The Vaudevey is one of the more pointed 2009 premier crus here. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A ripe but still very clearly Chablis nose of green fruit, sea breeze and both white and yellow orchard fruit leads to delicious, round and nicely concentrated flavors that possess good verve and solid persistence. There is also better acidity than many '09s possess and while I wouldn't describe this as entirely classic, I might be tempted to use the terms 'a succulent classic'!"
From the winery: "2009 is a vintage to remember with a generous sun throughout the vegetative cycle and ripening season which enabled early harvest in September. The contrast of sunny days and cool nights resulted in ripe grapes with good freshness and an excellent aromatic synthesis. 2009 is a fruity, complex, balanced and harmonious vintage to be either drunk now of kept aside for a while Intense gold colour. Rich, fine nose with notes of grapefruit. Elegant, sophisticated on the palate, with a long lasting finish."