2009 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1072926 95 points John Gilman

 The 2009 Valmur is one of the undisputed stars in the William Fèvre cellars this year and is a profound bottle of Chablis grand cru in the making. The brilliant nose offers up a very Raveneau-like aromatic mix of candied lemon, apple, orange, kaleidoscopic minerality, spring flowers and a faint whiff of grassiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very, very pure and rock solid at the core, with great, nascent complexity, racy acidity, laser-like focus and excellent grip on the very, very long, young and classy finish. A tour de force!  (11/2010)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 It's arguable that in 2009 that this is the most elegant and refined wine in the range as the ultra pure and airy white flower, citrus zest, iodine and oyster shell aromas complement to perfection the extremely fresh and silkily textured flavors blessed with ample amounts of acid-buffering dry extract that culminate in an explosive yet harmonious and sophisticated finale with perhaps a bit less youthful austerity than usual. I very much like this.  (10/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Chablis Valmur is wonderfully seductive and harmonious. Today the fruit is radiant and expressive, but there is plenty of minerality underneath. Peaches, flowers, mint and smoke linger on a round, eternal finish graced with exquisite elegance, intensity and power. The acidity is higher here than in Vaudesir, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way, at least today. This is from the higher portion of Valmur, with an exposure that runs from east to due south all the way to west. (AG)  (8/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Crushed rock and a smoky, silex-like character on the rather austere nose. Then broad and rich in the mouth, with intense citrus and mineral flavors nicely framed by ripe acidity. This really saturates the sides of the mouth. Plenty of sweet underlying fruit here, but this very long wine is still a baby. The lemony acidity carries through on the back end. (ST) 92+  (8/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Fine, pure dusty mineral nose. Zesty, bright and pure on the palate too. More density than most. 17.5/20 Points (JH)  (1/2011)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.