2016 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1383095 96 points John Gilman

 I cannot recall ever tasting a better example of Valmur from Domaine William Fèvre! The 2016 shows off great purity and precision on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet delivering scents of pear, apple, beeswax, kaleidoscopic minerality and white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, zesty and laser-like in its focus, with outstanding mid-palate depth, a sleek, seamless sense of balance and a very long, very complex and racy finish. Brilliant juice. Drink 2022-2066.  (11/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Pale, slightly hazy yellow. Very ripe but discreet nose hints at spices, anise and lichee. Glyceral and rich, but with surprising citrussy acidity to shape the exotic fruit and lichee flavors. A powerful, dense yet silky wine from marl soil, this was picked at close to 13% potential alcohol. (ST)  (8/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe yet restrained nose combines notes of both green and white fruit with those of tidal pool and discreet but not invisible wood influence. The dense, powerful and imposingly scaled flavors brim with dry extract that largely buffers the moderately firm acid spine shaping the clean, tension-filled and relatively dry finish that is slightly better balanced as well. *Sweet Spot*  (8/2017)

93 points Decanter

 The Valmur is excellent this year, opening in the glass with a cool, reserved nose of apple, iodine, oyster shell, lemon zest and toasted wheat. On the palate the wine is concentrated, full-bodied and tight-knit, with a deep core and nice stony grip on the finish. This will need a few years in the cellar to blossom. (WK)  (10/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur was more closed than the Vaudésir on the nose and perhaps at this nascent stage does not exude the same charm. The palate is balanced and quite concentrated thanks to the yield at just 13 to 14 hectoliters per hectare. It improves toward the second half with an attractive fresh pear and white pepper-tinged finish. (NM)  (8/2017)


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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, M√Ęcon, 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.