From vines on the sunny side of the vineyard, this wine is richly textured and structured, full of generous yellow and white fruits, spice and layers of wood aging. It has a honeyed character, typical of 2013, with a tight, taut, crisp acidity at the end. Drink this strongly structured wine from 2019. (RV)
Pale yellow. Exotic ripe fruits, ginger, lichee and menthol on the nose. Fat, rich and sweet, with slightly exotic flavors of pineapple and lichee framed by ripe acidity. The finishing grip comes almost as a surprise in this very rich wine. 'Vaudesir is always masked by fruit in the early going,' notes Seguier. 'It only reveals its minerality with about five years of bottle aging.' (ST)
A very ripe and slightly exotic nose offers up notes of various dried yellow fruit scents together with hints of iodine and algae that are trimmed in enough wood to notice. There is impressively good concentration to the very rich, round and opulent flavors that are underpinned by both good minerality and firm acidity on the saline and dry but not austere finish. I very much like the balance here and in particular the fine persistence.
One of the richer, more textured wines in this range, the 2013 Chablis Vaudesir shows the typical radiance of this warm micro-climate in its intense color and layered, voluptuous personality. Already relatively approachable, the 2013 should drink well pretty right out of the gate. Didier Seguir adds that this well-exposed, steep parcel on pure Kimmeridgian limestone is usually the first to be picked. (AG)
The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir has an outgoing bouquet with dried apricot, quince and beeswax nose, nicely defined, but not as sophisticated as the superior 2014. The palate is fresh in the mouth with fresh pear and nettle notes, good acidity, but missing just a little complexity toward the agreeably saline finish. Drink this before the succeeding vintage. (NM)
The 2013 Chablis “Vaudésir” from Domaine William Fèvre is another very good example of the vintage, but this was the first wine in the range that seemed to show a bit of the slightly more deeper-pitched fruit tones of the vintage. The bouquet is still quite pretty, offering up scents of candied lemon, pear, spring flowers, chalk, citrus zest and a bit of straw in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep and full-bodied, with a fine core, sound framing acids and a decidedly deeper-pitched personality than the Bougros or the top premier crus. This is still pretty primary and probably could do with at least a few years in the cellar to blossom. 90+
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