2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir"

SKU #1310669 94 points Decanter

 Apple and white peach nose. Fresh and limpid, with a silky texture and bright charm. Elegant and spicy with a grapefruit tang, suggesting underlying minerality that has yet to emerge. Good balance and length. drink 2018-2030.  (1/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Chablis 'Vaudésir' from Domaine William Fèvre is another lovely bottle, with a touch of exotica on the nose this year, but an utterly classic palate impression. The bouquet delivers a constellation of pear, lime, a touch of passion fruit, chalky minerality and apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely purity on the attack, bright acids and fine backend mineral drive on the long and racy finish. Fine, fine juice. 2018-2045.  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Quite closed on the nose, hinting at pineapple, menthol and wet stone. Dense and smooth on the palate but extremely unforthcoming today, displaying dry, slightly reduced flavors of lemon drop and crushed stone. This sharply chiseled, mineral-driven wine boasts terrific structure for a graceful evolution in the bottle. Owing to its austerity, salinity and inner-mouth tension, it's more about Vaudésir than it is about the 2015 vintage. 92+ points. (ST)  (8/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from two separate parcels of vines, the larger of which is in the heart of the 'amphitheater' from which the finest examples of Vaudésir originate). A more elegant nose displays more classic aromas of mineral reduction, iodine, oyster shell and a pretty mix of both white and yellow fruit scents that convey a mild exoticism. There is good ripeness to the delicious, dense and more mineral-driven flavors that are less powerful but more refined, all wrapped in a generous, opulent and complex finale. Lovely stuff that should be at once accessible young but also reward 5 to 8 years of cellaring.  (10/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir had quite a primal, grapey bouquet when I tasted it, touches of nettle and granite eventually developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a little waxier in texture than I expected and for me, just missing some tension and mineralité on the finish. I prefer the Bougros to the Vaudésir, at the moment. (NM)  (8/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Richer and sweeter in fruit than the Bougros-- seems more ready to drink. Finely balanced palate with tremendous acid and generous body. 17+/20 points. (RH)  (1/2017)

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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.


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- 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.