2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
from a huge 3.63 ha parcel out of only 17 ha and most of it is hard by Les Preuses. Séguier calls this their “baby grand cru” as specific barrels are selected for vine age, concentration and power). This is quite aromatically similar to the Fourchaume though here there is also a discreet hint of sulfur and the wood is all but invisible. There is fine concentration to the powerful, suave and intensely stony flavors that possess superb finishing complexity on the balanced, clean, very dry and energetic finish. As is often the case, this delivers grand cru quality.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow-green. Soil-driven aromas of lime zest, minerals, menthol and mint. Fat, rich and sweet, but mint and mineral notes give the middle palate a light touch. Impressive concentration and richness for the year. Most impressive today on the deep, slowly mounting finish, which is firm without being at all austere.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chablis Vaulorent is a big wine packed with serious density in its fruit. Ideally, the 2011 is best cellared for several years to allow the richness of the fruit to settle down, although I have a hard time saying that, given how much of a gamble aging these wines can be. Still, today the overarching impression is of a huge, implosive wine drenched in minerality that needs time to blossom. There is a level of inner energy here that is highly appealing. Tasted next to the Fourchaume, the Vaulorent is all about power, while the Fourchaume seems to be a bit more finessed. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.