2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent"

SKU #1330134 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fevre’s 2008 Chablis Vaulorent – which, following my argumentative recommendation mentioned in issue 186, has been labeled without the name “Fourchaume” – lives up to the estate’s long-standing characterization of this site as their “eighth grand cru.” Blueberry and raspberry distillate as well as fresh lime, grapefruit and crushed stone both intrigue and invigorate on the nose, impressions reinforced on a palate that combines real richness of texture as well as succulence of fruit with bright acidity, citrus rind pungency, berry skin tartness, and a depth of marine mineral nuances. Vibrantly interactive and faintly sizzling in finish, this practically takes your breath away, and should continue dazzling for a decade or more. And given that this isn’t priced as a grand cru, it represents a remarkable Chablis buying opportunity. Perhaps in the final analysis most of the “genuine” Fevre grand crus have further to traverse in their evolution than this Vaulorent and will eventually overtake it in complexity, length, and energy? Perhaps. (DS)  (10/2010)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As I noted in my original review (see herein), this is one of those wines where you can sense the sheer depth of material simply based on the nose as the very dense citrus-based fruit displays additional hints of stone, tidal pool, algae, oyster shell and white flower aromas. There is excellent energy and punch to the concentrated, serious and beautifully rich flavors that are actually quite fine before culminating in an explosively long, bone dry and palate staining finish that is still quite linear. This is a terrific wine that is very much still on its way up and just as importantly, could easily pass for a grand cru. A stunner of a wine.  (5/2013)

93 points Vinous

 Pale greenish-yellow. High-toned aromas of white peach, curry powder and crushed stone. Rather reduced in the mouth, but with noteworthy clarity to its stone fruit, pepper and spice flavors. This smooth and fine-grained wine reminded me of a dry riesling from Alsace Superb acids carry the fruit through a long finish, which features a lingering pineapple perfume. As I mentioned last year, winemaker Seguier refers to this distinctly different section of Fourchaume as the eighth grand cru of Chablis. (ST)  (7/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich and soft, the yellow fruit character of this wine shines through the acidity. It has a broad texture, although never losing sight of that crispness. (RV)  (11/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 There's a little oak influence to this white, but it melds well with the clean lemon, floral and mineral flavors. Steely and firm, finishing like spring water running over stones. Best from 2012 through 2021. (BS)  (8/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 50% aged in oak. Bright and zesty and strongly mineral. Intense but still very directed across the palate. Almost sour on the finish but in a good way. Long and pure. (JH) 17/20 points  (1/2010)

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- 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 province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.