2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122684 93-95 points 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.  (9/ 2012)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (5/ 2013)

91-94 points 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.  (7/ 2012)

91-93 points 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+.  (8/ 2012)

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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.
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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.