2016 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir"

SKU #1374228 94 points John Gilman

 The extremely short crop in Domaine Fèvre’s Vaudésir did not affect its classic styling one bit, as the wine soars from the glass in a complex aromatic constellation of lime, apple, flinty minerality, citrus peel, dried flowers and a touch of anise in the upper register. On the palate the wine is very deep, pure and full-bodied, with a very mineral personality, a rock solid core. brisk acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, snappy finish. Great juice in the making.  (11/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir has quite a powerful bouquet, more floral than the Bougros with lime flower and lychee aromas that seem well defined. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. This is a harmonious grand cru with a pleasant saline attack, good depth in the mouth and a clean, precise, slightly spicy finish. Much better than the 2015 Vaudésir, it should age well over 12 to 15 years. (NM)  (8/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Very spicy scents of peach, ginger and white pepper; less minerally at present than the Bougros. Then quite taut in the mouth and much less easy to taste today; dry and classic but quite reticent. Boasts excellent inner-mouth tension and harmonious acidity but not the silkiness of the Bougros. Most impressive now on the dense, spicy, tactile, slowly mounting finish. Not at all a heavy style of Vaudésir but it's not coming alive today. Am I underrating this? (ST)  (8/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of mildly exotic white peach, viognier and mineral reduction combine with those of floral and discreet spice nuances. There is a restrained energy to the caressing, intense and lilting middle weight flavors that possess good richness as well as a lovely sense of refinement on the bitter lemon-infused finale where a touch of warmth arises. This is pretty but it's not quite as dry and overall, this lacks the same depth as the best here.  (10/2017)

91 points Decanter

 The Vaudésir is very creditable in 2016, with a lovely nose of tangerine, bitter lemon, orange blossom, lavender and a gentle framing of reduction. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, saline, and unusually tensile and energetic for Vaudésir in an often open-knit vintage such as 2016. (WK)  (10/2017)

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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.


- 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.