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2018 Domaine William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1487710 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine’s intriguing nose combines rich candlewax with bright lemon oil. The palate is rounded and smooth, with buffered freshness on the midpalate. It is here that the sense of chalky depth comes in, conveying a stony, austere hinterland for which 2018’s generous fruit is mere window dressing. With its depth, the wine expresses the vintage beautifully. (AK) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is laced with strong mineral and earthy tones that are such a signature. Savory herbs, menthol, licorice, citrus peel and a touch of reduction are all woven together in a Chablis of real class and nuance. This is another wine in the range that is both dense and understated, with a real sense of aromatic lift. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Vaillons here is every bit as refined and zesty as the Montmains. The wine delivers a classy aromatic constellation of apple. pear, citrus zest, a complex base of chalky minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and racy, with impressive complexity and cut, a lovely core and excellent grip and bounce on the long, poised and snappy finish. This is a bit more buttoned up today than the Montmains, so I would opt for tucking the Vaillons away in the cellar for a few years before starting to drink it in earnest. Fine, fine juice. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Subtle and aromatic with hints of tropical fruit and citrus, as well as minerals. Medium-bodied with layers of pretty fruit and an almond and honey aftertaste. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is showing beautifully, mingling notes of white peach and spring blossom with hints of Meyer lemon, crisp green apple and pear. Medium to full-bodied, its satiny attack segues into a tensile, vibrant and nicely concentrated mid-palate, concluding with a saline finish. (WK) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A cool, pure and citrus-tinged nose speaks of oyster shell, iodine and discreet green apple nuances where there is a background hint of the exotic. There is a fine sense of energy to the crisp, minerally and racy flavors that deliver solid length on the very dry and citrusy but not really austere finish that already displays good complexity. This is a very good 2018. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh as a mountain stream, delivering lemon, lanolin, apple and stone flavors. There is tension, definition and a mineral element on the lingering finish. (BS) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Mostly located in Vaillons itself, in the centre of the steep slope. Glowing pale green with a lean and hungry nose. The wine opens out really well on the palate, this one has nailed the vintage, with an extra gloss, delicious perfume on the classic bone structure. I love the crunch and energy of the aftertaste." 91 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has an attractive, forward nose of lemon verbena, chai tea and floral scents, peachy aromas following with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry. Slightly minty in style, it displays a fine bead of acidity, although I remain prudent with my score, as it does lack a bit of length." (9/2020)

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