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

SKU #1154347 92-94 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2012 Chablis Vaillons is one of the more direct, pointed wines in the range. Here it is the wine's focus and brightness that stand out most. Cool, reticent and intensely mineral, the 2012 is all about tension, energy and potential for the future. Oyster shells, lime and intense saline notes grace the powerful finish. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow into bottle. The sunny, well-exposed Vaillons was the first Fevre vineyard to be farmed biodynamically. It certainly performed brilliantly in 2012.  (8/ 2013)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from ~75% Vaillons with the remainder from Mélinots and Châtains). This is clearly riper than the Montmains with hints of dried yellow orchard fruit on the otherwise classic Chablis aromas of green fruit and wet stone. There is a beguiling succulence to the intense, precise and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a clean, bone dry, balanced and strikingly persistent finish. This is one the best examples of the Fèvre Vaillons that I have seen.  (9/ 2013)

91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted assembled from tank, Fevre’s 2012 Chablis Vaillons – incorporating, as usual, a bit of adjacent Chatains among its many constituent lots – delivers a striking aromatic melange of greenhouse-like foliage and bittersweet floral perfume, along with archetypal Kimmeridgian notes of kirsch, lemon, smoke, fusil oil, chalk, iodine, and ocean breeze. The sense of palpable density and mineral matter here results in an impression that I imagine capable of staining the teeth; and the long, focused and invigorating finish offers dynamically undulating layers of mineral, floral, herbal and citric elements. True fans of Chablis as well as rock-hounds are going to delight in this through at least 2018.  (8/ 2013)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (vinified in 50% oak): Pale green-yellow color. Ripe but discreet aromas of citrus and chalk. Tactile, penetrating and quite backward for a wine from such a sunny site, with saliva-inducing saline minerality adding interest to the lime and crushed stone flavors. Lovely definition of flavor here, but this will need time. Fevre is now farming these vines organically, which Seguier said is resulting in fresher wines.  (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.