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

SKU #1154356 91-93 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2012 Chablis Fourchaume is at first aromatic and light on its feet, until the bright, intense minerality hits the palate. There is an almost exotic quality to the white floral notes in the Fourchaume. Graceful and delicate on its feet, the 2012 is also one of the more ethereal wines in this range. Hints of lime, oyster shells and smoke are layered into the bright, precise finish. Fevre's Fourchaume is all Vaulorent fruit.  (8/ 2013)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from Vaulorent). There is a lovely range of aromas present here with both white and yellow orchard fruit, sea shore scents and smoke, all topped by a note of mineral reduction. There is outstanding richness to the powerful and impressively concentrated middle weight flavors that retain a racy mouth feel thanks to the bracing acidity that imparts a real sense of lift to the driving finish. This is also quite good and worthy of your attention.  (9/ 2013)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted assembled from tank, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Fourchaume hints in its nose of fresh lime and chalk dust (accompanied by leafy notes) at the brightness and sense of stony suffusion that go on to characterize its firm palate. As with the corresponding Beauroy – and certainly aided by the 50% share of this that originates in Vaulorent – Fevre has here managed in some sense to defy Fourchaume’s typical tendency to generate breadth and rusticity. Apple core mingles with fresh citrus and salt for a tart, piquant, mouthwatering finish of truly prodigious persistence. Look for impressive showings through at least 2017.  (8/ 2013)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow-green. Reticent nose hints at pineapple, white mushroom and toast. Then juicy, silky and dense if not as sharply delineated as the last couple of premier crus, with ripe stone fruit flavors avoiding any exotic character. Finishes with a slight youthful aggressiveness but noteworthy slow-building persistence.  (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.