2009 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1063808 94 points 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.  (10/ 2011)

93 points 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.  (8/ 2011)

91 points 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.  (8/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (12/ 2011)

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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, Mâcon, 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.