William Fevre Valmur Domaine Grand Cru (1.5L Magnum) 2012
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Charming bouquet with astonishing fruitiness and a good mineral character. The powerful, strongly constituted palate lacks neither elegance nor roundness.
Burghound.com - " An expressive and elegant nose features notes of salt water, citrus and cool yet ripe green fruit. There is terrific power and concentration to the dense and palate drenching flavors that brim with both minerality and vibrancy before concluding in a borderline painfully intense and explosive finish that is bone dry though not particularly austere. This is a knockout Range: 93-95"
The Wine Advocate - "A multiplicity of mineral elements including chalk, salt and fusil oils suffuse a bright matrix of lemon and lime, and the sense of energy conveyed here – along with the wine’s sheer refreshment – is enhanced by an impression of levity that you might imagine more likely from a premier cru. Transparency to nuance insures that I keep finding new features as I return to the glass. Green tea and smoky black tea elements alike add to the complexity of this beauty’s stimulatingly lingering finish. Look for impressive performance through at least 2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Very ripe aromas of pineapple, peach, licorice and wet stone. Broad, seamless, stony and dry, conveying a powerful impression of tactile dry extract. This rich, backward, powerfully mineral wine should be long-lived. The very long finish shows a distinctly austere menthol character. Lay this one down. 94(+?)+"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Honey, candied almonds, dried apricots and spices form an attractive fabric in the 2012 Chablis Valmur. Even at this early stage, the Valmur is resonant, fleshy and incredibly expressive. A totally beautiful wine, the 2012 builds in the glass effortlessly as layers of fruit caress the palate on the striking finish."
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William Fevre Winery
Coming from a family that has been in the Chablis region for more than 250 years, William Fèvre's father was already a great wine-maker after World War II. His son William founded the Domaine de la Maladière and announced his first harvest in 1959.
For many years, William Fèvre (who to this day enjoys a very good reputation as a defender of historically renowned terroirs), has worked each plot keenly and skilfully so as to make wine whose personality reflects the authenticity of the soils from which they spring. In 1998, the venerable Henriot family from Champagne succeeded him. To continue these focused efforts, the Domaine was taken up with the constant desire to make indisputably genuine and fine wines, and above all with bringing along a very personal expertise in Chardonnay. All the efforts have but one goal – to finely express the most subtle variations in the greatest Chablis crus. View all William Fevre Wines
About ChablisView a map of Chablis wineries
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.