William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014
One of the greatest domaines in Chablis founded by William Fevre in 1957 and its vineyard holdings include 12 hectares of premier cru and 16 hectares of grand Cru vines. The domaines fruit is harvested by hand, a rarity in Chablis, and rigorously sorted at the winery to ensure the highest quality. In recent times the amount of new oak used has been cut back and today the average age of the barrels in the cellar is five years. From the Petit Chablis to the domaines six Grand Cru wines, the quality is superb and the range from Domaine William Fevre is a benchmark for the wines of the region.
This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its pungent aromas of oyster shell, mineral reduction, algae, white flowers and citrus rind. There is even better complexity to the delicious, intense and delineated medium weight flavors that also display profuse minerality on the saliva-inducing finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. Worth considering. Rating: 90-92 Points; Issue #60; Tasted: Oct 2015; Drink: 2020+; Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons comes from 3.5 hectares located in the heart of Vaillons and it is where William Fevre's harvest always begins since it's one of the earliest maturing parcels. It has a leesy, well-defined nose with plenty of green apple and citrus fruit. The palate is more rounded in the mouth, especially compared to the Montmains, harmonious and I suspect it will be more approachable than many of Fevre's 14s. This is fine and should drink well over the next 5 to 7 years. Rating: 89-91 Points; Drink: 2016-2022; Tasted: Aug 2015; Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #220
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