Grand Cru in Everything but Name: 2010 Fevre 1er Cru Vaulorent

Posted by Ian McFadden

"Clearly shows this 1er Cru's true Grand Cru pedigree!"
-John Gilman
2010 Fevre 1er Cru Vaulorent

Vaulorent is Grand Cru in everything but name... and price

A mere path separates Vaulorent from the Grand Cru Les Preuses (see the map below).

In Fevre's hands, Vaulorent reaches a saturating chalky minerality, a depth of flavor and a striking elegance that squarely places it in Grand Cru territory.

Since being taken over by Henriot in the late nineties, Fevre has quickly climbed the ranks in Chablis claiming its place beside the region's two benchmarks, Vincent Dauvissat and François Raveneau.

We've been big fans for some time, but in the 2010 vintage, the domaine just seems to have nailed it - it's a historical vintage for the estate.

We tasted through Fevre's entire 2010 line-up this winter and the wines were just thrilling. We've been waiting eagerly for our allocation ever since.

Fevre's wines are some of the best values in Chablis, and white Burgundy in general. Out of their in entire line-up, their Fourchaume Vaulorent may over-deliver the most. At $47.95 a bottle and $44.95 on 6-packs, few wines at this price can match the class and purity on display here.

Fevre's 2010 1er Cru Vaulorent delivers a chiseled Chablis minerality with really impressive density and fine-ness. There are layers of flowers, smoke, stone fruits all backed up by a driving acid streak.

Tasting notes are good and all, but maybe it's wiser just to say: this is very, very impressive.

Part of Fevre's success in the 2010 vintage comes from their practice of picking early. This allowed them to have the majority of their grapes harvested before the rains on September 25th. They harvested extremely small, very concentrated grapes with high acidity. It was pretty close to being ideal.

The only troublesome thing is that it's exactly these small and concentrated grapes that will make things ugly. Concentration comes at a cost, and here it's the yields - they are down thirty percent. The buzz about Fevre producing some of the wines of the vintage won't do much to help either.

Please give us your maximum order, and we'll do our best to allocate fairly.

To order, email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits