2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)
Extremely floral aromas and lively palate with a minty finish. A wonderful premier cru with great complexity and superb minerality.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent, which head winemaker Didier Séguier described as "a baby grand cru," was a little cloudier than the Fourchaume in the glass. It has a complex nose with a touch of grilled almond and dried apricot, well defined but just a little sultry at the moment. The palate is relatively rich on the entry compared to the other Premier Crus and this lends roundness and suppleness in the mouth. It gently builds with great precision, hints of lime and apricot flourishing on the peacock's tail of a finish. This is one of William Fevre's best wines this year. (NM)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Yet again the ultra-fresh and strikingly layered white flower nose is packed with typical Chablis aromas that include cool mineral reduction, citrus and oyster shell nuances. The medium weight flavors are almost painfully intense while brimming with minerality on the chiseled and moderately austere finish that is tight to the point of being linear. This terrific effort will require at least 5 to 7 years of cellaring to reveal its full, and considerable, potential. In a word, impressive.
Very pale lemon-green. An essence of Kimmeridgian Chablis on the nose, offering pungent scents of lime zest, powdered stone and white pepper with a strong impression of mineral energy. Boasts terrific intensity and clarity to its brisk flavors of lime, white peach, mint and minerals. Densely packed and firmly structured but not quite hard. This is extremely backward but the marne soil gives it a modicum of silkiness. This broad, full, rather powerful premier cru finishes saline and classically dry, with outstanding slowly mounting length and finesse. A great premier cru in the making owing to its near-perfect combination of richness and acidity, but I can easily imagine this wine passing through an awkward stage in bottle.(ST)