2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from a parcel of vines that is close to Vaudésir and extends all the way from Grenouilles to the tree line at the top of the hill). This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its ripe yet cool, airy and refined nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and iodine. There is positively gorgeous intensity and laser-like precision to the rich but wonderfully vibrant flavors that display moderate austerity on the focused and remarkably persistent finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and refinement.
Planted by William Fèvre's father in 1947, 1948, 1952. Powerful yet reserved, and also very structured, displaying a mix of flowers, stone fruits, herbs and mineral, very complex, with an expansive, lengthy finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from a yield of just 42 hectoliters per hectare, according to winemaker Seguier): Pale green-yellow color. White fruits, mint and flowers on the nose. Thick on entry, then smooth and vibrant in the middle, with impressive volume to the intense white peach and mint flavors. A bit less powerful on the attack than the Vaudesir but broader and finer-grained. The long, building finish is dense and tactile.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chablis Valmur shows marvelous intensity, focus and verve. This is a decidedly vibrant Chablis endowed with notable purity and sheer energy, although today some of that may be the result of a racking one week before this tasting. Valmur is usually a much more open wine, so it will be interesting to see how things shape up over the coming year. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.