2013 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"

SKU #1217412 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 From vines on the sunny side of the vineyard, this wine is richly textured and structured, full of generous yellow and white fruits, spice and layers of wood aging. It has a honeyed character, typical of 2013, with a tight, taut, crisp acidity at the end. Drink this strongly structured wine from 2019. (RV)  (10/2015)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Exotic ripe fruits, ginger, lichee and menthol on the nose. Fat, rich and sweet, with slightly exotic flavors of pineapple and lichee framed by ripe acidity. The finishing grip comes almost as a surprise in this very rich wine. 'Vaudesir is always masked by fruit in the early going,' notes Seguier. 'It only reveals its minerality with about five years of bottle aging.'  (7/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very ripe and slightly exotic nose offers up notes of various dried yellow fruit scents together with hints of iodine and algae that are trimmed in enough wood to notice. There is impressively good concentration to the very rich, round and opulent flavors that are underpinned by both good minerality and firm acidity on the saline and dry but not austere finish. I very much like the balance here and in particular the fine persistence.  (10/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 One of the richer, more textured wines in this range, the 2013 Chablis Vaudesir shows the typical radiance of this warm micro-climate in its intense color and layered, voluptuous personality. Already relatively approachable, the 2013 should drink well pretty right out of the gate. Didier Seguir adds that this well-exposed, steep parcel on pure Kimmeridgian limestone is usually the first to be picked. (AG)  (8/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir has an outgoing bouquet with dried apricot, quince and beeswax nose, nicely defined, but not as sophisticated as the superior 2014. The palate is fresh in the mouth with fresh pear and nettle notes, good acidity, but missing just a little complexity toward the agreeably saline finish. Drink this before the succeeding vintage. (NM)  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

90 points View from the Cellar: "The 2013 Chablis “Vaudésir” from Domaine William Fèvre is another very good example of the vintage, but this was the first wine in the range that seemed to show a bit of the slightly more deeper-pitched fruit tones of the vintage. The bouquet is still quite pretty, offering up scents of candied lemon, pear, spring flowers, chalk, citrus zest and a bit of straw in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep and full-bodied, with a fine core, sound framing acids and a decidedly deeper-pitched personality than the Bougros or the top premier crus. This is still pretty primary and probably could do with at least a few years in the cellar to blossom. (Drink between 2017-2030)"-Issue 54 Dec 2014

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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.
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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.