2013 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent"

SKU #1217413 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Vaulorent is on the same slope as the Grand Crus, giving it an extra structure. Very ripe and forward, this wine shows both power and the approachability of the vintage. It has plenty of freshness while also showing off yellow fruits and pineapple richness. A more textured, steely, crisp aftertaste will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2018.  (9/2015)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chablis Vaulorent fleshes out in all directions with magnificent depth, power and structure. Round and seamless on the palate, with terrific depth, the 2013 impresses for its balance and sheer concentration. Almond paste, dried pear and savory herbs flesh out on the supple, resonant finish.  (8/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is more aromatically complex still with its broad-ranging nose of floral, pear, citrus peel, apple and tidal pool scents. There is a really lovely sense of underlying tension to the concentrated and sleekly muscular flavors that possess quality depth on the balanced, harmonious and decidedly dry finish. A wine of class and grace.  (10/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very pale yellow-green. Restrained, pure aromas of citrus zest, white peach and white pepper. Densely packed and rich but precise too, with nicely integrated acidity and underlying minerality giving this wine good precision for the year. Has the balance to offer early enjoyment but also the inner-mouth tension to age. A round, seamless wine with excellent tasty persistence.  (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A touch of oak adds light vanilla accents that round out this bracing white. Flavors of green apple, quince and lemon ride the steely backbone to a long conclusion. Best from 2017 through 2023. 200 cases imported.  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 A touch more aroma than any of the Fèvre Chablis so far: stony, green fruited, very direct. Direct on the palate too, pure and lively...  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

91 points View from the Cellar: "The 2013 Vaulorent chez Fèvre was fifty percent barrel fermented in this vintage and has turned out very well indeed. The wine is again quite forward, particularly for this bottling at Domaine Fèvre, but it shows very good minerality and plenty of complexity on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is an excellent constellation of lime, apple, a touch of orange, flint, dried flowers, lime peel and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a lovely core, excellent soil inflection (though not in the same league as the Montée de Tonnerre in this regard in 2013), with fine balance, good acids and fine length and grip. Fine juice."-Issue 54 Dec 2014

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