2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1154340 92-94 points Antonio Galloni

 Fevre's Chablis Vaulorent is explosive on the palate. A rich, layered Chablis, the 2012 is all about texture, volume and depth. Waves of fruit seem to cover every inch of the palate in a creamy, generous Chablis of impeccable class. There is plenty of minerality, but it is nearly buried by the wine's pure opulence and concentration. Fevre works with 9 parcels in Vaulorent, the best are bottled as Vaulorent, the rest are given the broader Fourchaume designation.  (8/ 2013)

91-94 points 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). There is a discreet touch of wood that sets off similar aromas to those of the Fourchaume. The lemony and patently concentrated flavors exude both a fine minerality and plenty of palate coating dry extract before culminating in a bone dry and hugely persistent finish. This is a wine that I buy almost every year and thus know extremely well. One of the things that struck me about the 2012 version is just how powerful it is, indeed this is almost brutal at present though I suspect that it will round out and become more civilized as the élevage progresses.  (9/ 2013)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As usual, Fevre’s 2012 Chablis Vaulorent – tasted assembled from tank – puts its predecessors in the present line-up into perspective and upholds its reputation as “eighth grand cru” of Chablis. A wealth of mineral allusions – smoke, oyster shell, struck flint, salt, iodine – informs both an intriguing nose and a gloriously mouthwatering palate saturated with fresh citrus, clam juices and oyster liqueur, incorporating an invigorating tang of pineapple close to the core, and persisting with utmost transparency to multifarious mineral elements. The energy conveyed here positively shimmers, yet there is already textural allure to complement the austere and tart aspects of a wine apt to excite through at least 2022.  (8/ 2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow-green. High-pitched aromas of lime, white peach, mint and white pepper. Juicy and youthfully imploded, showing strong acidity and terrific citric verve. This is like chewing on grapes today. Shows very strong spine and finishes with superb cut and bracing citrus and saline qualities. Almost painful today, but built for a leisurely evolution in bottle.  (8/ 2013)

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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.