2017 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1409708 96 points Decanter

 Now made separately from Fèvre's Fourchaume bottling - it's technically part of the same large premier cru - this has the structure and complexity of a top grand cru. It's powerful yet fresh, with impressive density and notes of aniseed and citrus peel. (TA)  (7/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent promises to be the finest of Fèvre's premiers crus this year, unfurling in the glass with a classy bouquet of peach, oystershell, iodine and spice, framed by light reduction. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and textural, with lovely stony depth and tension, concluding with a saline finish. Perhaps it's simply the power of association, but I'm tempted to identify an echo of neighboring Les Preuses here. (NM)  (8/2018)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru is the richest of William Fèvre’s wines on the nose, despite just a touch of reduction. It has a complex bouquet with scents of toffee apple, honeysuckle, marzipan and almond that is very well defined. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very harmonious in the mouth with tangy marmalade and citrus lemon on the finish. Excellent. (NM)  (8/2018)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained nose is comprised by notes of smoky reduction, sea breeze and a whiff of exotic fruit. The super-rich, dense and very suave flavors coat the palate with sappy dry extract while the powerful and focused finish delivers outstanding length. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Beautiful lime tint to the very pale yellow. The nose reflects the essence of kimmeridgian character. Crisp, precise yet powerful. Some spice of ripeness too but does not detract from the purity. Opens out to a rich smooth finish. Then chiselled at the back. Very promising." (01/2019)

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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.