Apple and white peach nose. Fresh and limpid, with a silky texture and bright charm. Elegant and spicy with a grapefruit tang, suggesting underlying minerality that has yet to emerge. Good balance and length. drink 2018-2030.
The 2015 Chablis 'Vaudésir' from Domaine William Fèvre is another lovely bottle, with a touch of exotica on the nose this year, but an utterly classic palate impression. The bouquet delivers a constellation of pear, lime, a touch of passion fruit, chalky minerality and apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely purity on the attack, bright acids and fine backend mineral drive on the long and racy finish. Fine, fine juice. 2018-2045.
Pale, bright yellow. Quite closed on the nose, hinting at pineapple, menthol and wet stone. Dense and smooth on the palate but extremely unforthcoming today, displaying dry, slightly reduced flavors of lemon drop and crushed stone. This sharply chiseled, mineral-driven wine boasts terrific structure for a graceful evolution in the bottle. Owing to its austerity, salinity and inner-mouth tension, it's more about Vaudésir than it is about the 2015 vintage. 92+ points. (ST)
(from two separate parcels of vines, the larger of which is in the heart of the 'amphitheater' from which the finest examples of Vaudésir originate). A more elegant nose displays more classic aromas of mineral reduction, iodine, oyster shell and a pretty mix of both white and yellow fruit scents that convey a mild exoticism. There is good ripeness to the delicious, dense and more mineral-driven flavors that are less powerful but more refined, all wrapped in a generous, opulent and complex finale. Lovely stuff that should be at once accessible young but also reward 5 to 8 years of cellaring.
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir had quite a primal, grapey bouquet when I tasted it, touches of nettle and granite eventually developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a little waxier in texture than I expected and for me, just missing some tension and mineralité on the finish. I prefer the Bougros to the Vaudésir, at the moment. (NM)
Richer and sweeter in fruit than the Bougros-- seems more ready to drink. Finely balanced palate with tremendous acid and generous body. 17+/20 points. (RH)
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