Fèvre Fèvre Chablis Premier Cru "Vaulorent"

Fèvre-Fèvre Chablis Premier Cru “Vaulorent”

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • A 2.2 hectare plot situated just beside the Grands Crus parcels, Vaulorent is one of the more unique Premier Cru terroirs in Chablis.
  • Wines from Vaulorent have great fullness in a similar manner to wine from Fourchaume, with added charm and elegance.
  • Southwest exposure, with a Kimméridgian marl argillaceous soil (clay and limestone, oestrea virgula), 2,20 hectares under their name.
  • Nathalie told us this is perfect with seafood platters (natural, grilled or more elaborated), also mushroom based platters, and also excellent with veal platters or Soumaintrain cheese.  She was correct on all counts.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Elaboration: Vinification and ageing on fine lees during 15 months (minimum) : for 15% in oak (new barrels) and the rest in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Bottling and storage in air-conditioned cellar before shipping.

PRESS

2017 – 93 James Suckling

2018 – 92 Vinous

2019 – 92 Vinous

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

One of Chablis’ most recognizable names, branches of Fèvre family have been producing wine in the region since the early 1800’s.  Nathalie and Gilles Fèvre base themselves in the village of Fontenay-Pres-Chablis, where they operate a Domaine that is impressively large by Chablis standards with over 100 acres under vine in total including a large proportion of classified holdings (Grand Cru Les Preuses, 1er Cru Fourchaume, and 1er Cru Mont de Milieu). It is worth noting that their basic “AC Chablis” holdings are unusually strategic, as most of their acreage sits on the Côte de Fontenay just northeast of the region’s coveted Grand Cru slopes. Nathalie and Gilles are putting the final touches on a new winery that you must see to believe – An impeccably efficient gravity flow setup cut into the side of their main vineyard site in Fontenay. If this is the future of Chablis then the future looks delicious.

Gilles’ Grandfather and father both held the position of President at the leading cooperative La Chablisienne, and Nathalie was the head winemaker at La Chablisienne for 12 years (until recently all of their harvest was delivered to La Chablisienne). You’ll see several different label iterations from this domaine in the market (when we signed them on we had options), and ours pays tribute to the Fèvre family legacy by referencing ancestors Marcel and Blanche.

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