2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume"

SKU #1323225 91-94 points Wine Spectator

 Fourchaume comes entirely from the Vaulorent lieu-dit, which abuts grand cru Les Preuses. Though rich and opulent in texture, it retains freshness due to its high altitude, along with a juicy, savory character.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe and agreeably fresh nose offers up notes of pear, apple, white flower and discreet ocean breeze nuances. There is impressive size, weight and richness to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a highly seductive, even slightly oily mouth feel yet there is plenty of punch to keep the finish well-balanced.  (8/2016)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Fourchaume from Domaine William Fèvre is flat out delicious, jumping from the glass in a vibrant blend of pear, apple, chalky soil tones, lime blossoms and just a whisper of pastry cream in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and generous on the attack, with a fine core, very good focus and grip and very impressive backend mineral drive and lift on the long finish. 2016-2030.  (12/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Fourchaume comes from eight parcels on marn soils within the lieu-dit of Vaulorent. It has a delightful bouquet with scents of fresh pear, a hint of marzipan; it is sweet and charming while retaining Chablis-like austerity and poise. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, well poised with a touch of salinity developing towards the harmonious finish. This is another excellent wine from William Fevre. (NM)  (8/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 (from a crop level of 35 hectoliters per hectares; made in 40% oak, none new): Medium yellow. Aromas of honey, spices and smoke. Opulent and thick but with lovely tension and smoky minerality too. This extract-rich wine has the power, if not the finesse, of a grand cru. Really saturates the mouth on the very long, saline back end. (ST)  (7/2016)

91 points Decanter

 Reticent lime nose with perfumed notes. The rich, sleek and concentrated palate demonstrates a lively acidity, with flavours of citrus and green apple. The taut body has ample grip and the finish has a mineral, grapefruity character that is lacking a little in opulence. A classic and somewhat severe Fourchaume. Drinking Window 2017 - 2028  (2/2017)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.