2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume - Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)

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92-95 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "This is one of those wines where you can sense the sheer depth of material simply based on the nose as the very dense fruit displays additional hints of stone, tidal pool, algae, oyster shell and a mix of green fruit and white flower aromas that give way to concentrated, serious and rich flavors that are actually quite fine before culminating in an explosively long and palate staining finish. A terrific wine that could easily pass for a grand cru." (10/09) 92-95 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow-green. Crushed stone, metallic minerality, lime, mint and pepper on the captivating nose. Big and rich but with great energy to the citrus and powdered stone flavors. Offers an almost painful combination of volume and pungent freshness. This round, tactile, fine-grained wine really perks up the taste buds on the very long, vibrant finish. This cuvee was previously labeled Fourchaume "Vignoble de Vaulorent" but because Vaulorent, situated on classic Kimmeridgian marl soil just behind Les Preuses, is markedly different from the rest of Fourchaume, Fevre has decided simply to label this wine Vaulorent. Winemaker Seguier refers to this climat as "the eighth grand cru" (forgetting La Moutonne, of course)." (Jul/Aug 09) ETA: 04/30/10

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.