2017 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1424888 94 points James Suckling

 Very attractive aromas of ripe white and yellow peaches here with a gently glossy edge and lightly toasty and flinty nuances. The palate has such richness and composure with a fleshy, smooth build to the long, lemon and peach-soaked finish. Bracing. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons bursts from the glass with a pretty, aromatic bouquet of citrus blossom, white peach and spring flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and expressive, with an open-knit, satiny-textured core, tangy acids and a precise, mouthwatering finish. From bottle, this confirms Didier Séguier's confidence and merits a higher score than I gave it from barrel. (WK)  (4/2019)

91-92 points John Gilman

 Vaillons is a Left Bank premier cru and the frost damage on this side of the river was far less, so I have to imagine that this is one of the star premier crus in the cellar at Domaine Fèvre in 2017, but as the wine was just filtered, I have again scored it in a range. The nose here has first class components, with scents of pear, apple, lemon zest, a touch of beeswax, lovely, limestone minerality and white flowers all wafting from the glass. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and rock solid at the core, with vibrant acidity, excellent focus and grip and a very long, promising finish. My score could well end up being a tad conservative!  (12/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru comes from 3.6-hectares located mainly in the heart of the valley. It offers light pressed flower scents on the nose with hints of nettle and dandelion. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, crisp and taut with a precise finish that just needs to develop a little more power. Very fine. (NM)  (8/2018)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more floral suffused nose flashes good Chablis typicity with its notes of petrol, pear and ocean breeze. Here too there is fine vibrancy to the sleeker and slightly finer medium weight flavors that offer both good minerality and salinity on the more harmonious finish. Lovely stuff.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Round, with peach, apple and lemon flavors. Vibrant acidity keeps this focused and drives the lingering finish. (BS)  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

92-93 points Jasper Morris, MW for Inside Burgundy: "Very much white flowers, elderflower even, this was racked much earlier than Montmains so is more open for tasting. It displays a brilliant sense of precision, demonstrating the drier style of Vaillons, with medium-plus intensity and excellent length." (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, 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.


- 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.