2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122688 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from Vaulorent). Here the nose offers up an abundance of Chablis character with a gentle hint of wood framing the aromas of mineral reduction and green fruit. There is good volume to the generous, rich and attractively textured flavors that possess good power and very solid density, all wrapped in a refreshing, stony and salineinfused finish. This is lovely.  (9/ 2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis Fourchaume wraps around the palate with serious intensity, which is amazing, considering the wine is made from the second selection of young vine fruit from Vaulorent! A gorgeous bouquet laced with gunflint, smoke, oyster shells and grapefruit balances the textural depth and sheer power of the fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (domain wine): Pale yellow-green. Fruit-driven aromas of lemon, lime, white peach and mango. Suppler, sweeter and more open-knit than the Montee de Tonnerre, in a rich, dense, fruity style. Finishes smooth and persistent, with attractive floral lift.  (7/ 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.