2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesirs" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1154336 92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from two separate parcels of vines, the larger of which is in the heart of the “amphitheater” from which the finest examples of Vaudésir originate). There is a background application of wood that frames the notably ripe and borderline exotic yellow orchard fruit nose that is intensely spicy. In the same fashion as the Bougros this is a big and overtly muscular wine though there is a more refined mouth feel to the broad-shouldered flavors that terminate in a lemon and softly mineral finish. This is not overly complex at present but I find that Vaudésir virtually always adds considerable depth with time in bottle.  (9/ 2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (cropped at 24 hectoliters per hectare; picked at the beginning of the harvest with 13% potential alcohol): Hazy, pale yellow-green. Brisk, elegant aromas of lime, grapefruit and white pepper. Penetrating and backward, with terrific energy for what Seguier describes as the most sun-drenched terroir in Chablis. Outstanding freshness to the flavors of green melon and crushed stone. Nothing overripe about this wine! Finishes with a bracing metallic quality and superb persistence. This should be a long ager.  (8/ 2013)

91-93 points Antonio Galloni

 One of the more exuberant wines in the range, the 2012 Chablis Vaudesir explodes from the glass with intense tropical fruit, lychee, Chamomile and honey. The Vaudesir is a wine of pure volume and texture. It should drink well pretty early given its considerable richness. Vaudesir was the first parcel harvested in 2012. Alcohols came in around 13%, on the generous side within the context of Fevre Chablis.  (8/ 2013)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Assembled, but six or more months from bottling, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Vaudesir delivers a zesty, piquant combination of lemon and tangerine rinds and pips on the nose as well as a firm, brightly and juicily-citric palate. Its natural 13.2% alcohol is the highest in the present collection, but its acidity is also measurably near, if not at, the top. Alkaline and stony undertones add to the rather austere, forceful finishing impression of a wine almost certainly backward at this point and quite possible set to gain clarity and complexity if not charm during its early years in bottle. I’d plan to follow this through at least 2020. Seguier is of the opinion that already in the course of its elevage, it will go some way toward the grace of the refinement and poise now exhibited by the corresponding 2011.  (8/ 2013)

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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

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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.