2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir"

SKU #1049186 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is even more elegant than it usually is, which is saying something as there is a good argument to be made that the Fèvre Vaudésir is the current reference standard for the vineyard though I hasten to add that it's by no means an open and shut case. A pure and almost delicate nose that is decidedly more austere than virtually any of the preceding wines opens with a classic green fruit aromatic profile brimming with Chablis character that is followed by rich, full, naturally sweet and equally powerful flavors of simply incredible purity and focus as they finish with outstanding intensity that is borderline painful. This is a dramatic wine yet perfectly composed with a pronounced stony quality and the backend is bone dry and almost salty.  (10/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fevre 2007 Chablis Vaudesir exhibits a more adamant, chalky, oyster shell-like mineral cast than other crus in this collection, yet that goes hand in hand not only with a saline dimension, but with luscious, honey-tinged pineapple and peach, and a silken, faintly creamy textural tone. This finishes with an amazing indelibility of chalk and salt that’s like an incrustation. The big fruit and implacable mineral sides to this wine need some years to entirely come to terms with one another, but the whole will be bigger than the sum of both of them, and this wine should excite over at least the next decade. (DS)  (12/2009)

93 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Discreet, very pure aromas of lemon, crushed stone, white pepper and flowers. Highly concentrated, supple and silky, with lovely deep minerality giving this wine another dimension and contributing to its impression of personality. This very rich and tactile wine finishes with terrific cut and a distinctly saline quality that's supported by fresh citrus fruit. A perfect example of the way a normally warmer terroir can outperform in a cool year. (ST)  (7/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This starts out with a blast of peach, lemon and apple fruit, before a dry, chalky feel takes over in tandem with the steely structure. There's nice austerity and a mouthwatering finish. (BS)  (9/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 As though carved with a steel knife. Lots of fruit - some of the most obvious fruit in any Chablis 2007 in fact, but well contained in its fine corset. Very promising.  (1/2009)

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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.
Country:

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.