2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1122686 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 from a huge 3.63 ha parcel out of only 17 ha and most of it is hard by Les Preuses. Séguier calls this their “baby grand cru” as specific barrels are selected for vine age, concentration and power). This is quite aromatically similar to the Fourchaume though here there is also a discreet hint of sulfur and the wood is all but invisible. There is fine concentration to the powerful, suave and intensely stony flavors that possess superb finishing complexity on the balanced, clean, very dry and energetic finish. As is often the case, this delivers grand cru quality.  (9/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-green. Soil-driven aromas of lime zest, minerals, menthol and mint. Fat, rich and sweet, but mint and mineral notes give the middle palate a light touch. Impressive concentration and richness for the year. Most impressive today on the deep, slowly mounting finish, which is firm without being at all austere.  (7/ 2012)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis Vaulorent is a big wine packed with serious density in its fruit. Ideally, the 2011 is best cellared for several years to allow the richness of the fruit to settle down, although I have a hard time saying that, given how much of a gamble aging these wines can be. Still, today the overarching impression is of a huge, implosive wine drenched in minerality that needs time to blossom. There is a level of inner energy here that is highly appealing. Tasted next to the Fourchaume, the Vaulorent is all about power, while the Fourchaume seems to be a bit more finessed. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

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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.
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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.