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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
AppellationChablis Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2018 (based on 26 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine W. Fevre Chablis Valmur on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 98 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Louvin on 7/29/2014 & rated 94 points: pnp, pure light crystal, lemon and saline combined. Just great wine. (574 views)
 Tasted by rwpalmer on 6/8/2014 & rated 89 points: Pale-mid gold. Ripe, lifted nose- orange blossom and faintly saline. Remarkably soft on the palate. No sign of prem-ox. Not yet in its dotage but I don't see a lot of scope for improvement. (986 views)
 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 5/26/2014 flawed bottle: Butterscotch, anyone? If I had appreciated a few years ago just how widespread the pox problem really was, I certainly wouldn't bought so many bottles of white burg... (1005 views)
 Tasted by sawira on 5/20/2014 & rated 94 points: Wow. Closed at first, this blossoms at the half hour mark to a bright citrus, salt water laden, subtle toffee nuanced gem. Brilliant in its complexity and length, this is just spectacular. No hint of pox, this bottle is similar to Federsin's 5/11 note. Light colored, sharp and pure, crystalline even. Just starting its run, and good for another decade. Killer bottle. (1121 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 3/29/2014 & rated 87 points: Pretty good though I'm mad from the oxidized bottle just before. (1363 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 3/29/2014 flawed bottle: Oxidized. Dumped in anger (1171 views)
 Tasted by ctrueman on 3/25/2014 & rated 92 points: A touch premox, but otherwise very good (1065 views)
 Tasted by rob1869 on 2/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Drunk over two nights. Very classy. Long. Quite a strong leesy character that hopefully puts some people off...:) (1162 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 2/9/2014 flawed bottle: Corked (1090 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 1/12/2014: Light yellow. Very lemony nose with a touch of stone snd seashell. A bit of iodine and nice length on the palate but a little heavily oaked at the finish. Enjoyable but not classic. (1052 views)
 Tasted by carlwhat on 1/7/2014: a hair pre-moxed... but still enjoyable... (1138 views)
 Tasted by Deaks on 11/27/2013 & rated 93 points: This has now hit its stride and entered early peak drinking for my taste. A bit of age has brought the wine nicely into balance and this was comfortably the best bottle of this I have had. Look forward to finishing the case over next 5 years or so. (1082 views)
 Tasted by WDK on 10/12/2013 & rated 91 points: Nice, crisp, steely white with strong acid and flavors of lemon and mineral on the medium-long finish. (974 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 10/12/2013 & rated 96 points: Another stunningly great btl and...my last 04 Valmur. No regrets and very happy to catch this in perfect condition. Showing great class, power, minerality, salinity, citrus and finesse. This is why I own 90 btls of Chablis and will keep buying them. Even the color was still a pale green gold. (1304 views)
 Tasted by curtr on 9/23/2013 & rated 93 points: In a good place now. (1009 views)
 Tasted by WDK on 6/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Light straw, nose of peach stone. Creamy texture with mineral and tart lemon on the crisp finish. (1385 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/11/2013: Fantastic bottle of this Chablis, pale yellow in the glass, sharp, pure with classic notes of seashells, minerals and citrus, great complexity and a long finish (1240 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/3/2013: While this has a lovely citrus liveliness and chalky minerality, backed by a creamy mid-palate and nice structure, it lacks the depth and complexity I expect from Grand Cru Chablis. It does open up quite nicely after a couple of hours, but just misses the mark for Grand Cru. (1334 views)
 Tasted by wa2ofd on 3/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Drinking fabulously now... (1277 views)
 Tasted by rjoyer on 1/27/2013: This bottle was quite fresh and vibrant, showing no signs of POX whatsoever. Age has rounded out the impact of the fruit, creating a creamy/buttery element to the green and yellow fruit notes. Typical minerals and seashell elements as you'd expect and a nice, lengthy finish. Great with the Malpeque and Kumamoto oysters. (1160 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/27/2013: Another good bottle from this vineyard, consistent notes . . . (1422 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/15/2012 flawed bottle: oxidized (1236 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 12/2/2012 & rated 93 points: In great condition with classic minerality and Grand Cru power and class. Loved it! (1248 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (Porter Creek, Mpls, MN): Small pour, no notes, enjoyed very much 92-93pts. (1414 views)
 Tasted by PJRONeill on 11/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Back to form after the last slightly creaky bottle. Consistent with previous notes. Am 10 for 11 on this case (in a positive way) with one to go. (933 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2006, Issue #24
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Valmur Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2005, Issue #20
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Valmur Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/12/2006)
(Dom William Fèvre, Valmur Chablis White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November/December 2006, Issue #129
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Valmur) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2005, Issue #121
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Valmur) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2006, Issue #1, 2004 Burgundy Vintage
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis “Valmur”) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/26/2006)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur) Creamy, vanilla nose; good, tight lemon, oily textured palate; long finish  93 points
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Domaine William Fèvre

Producer website

Kevin Shaffer, a.k.a. Burgschnauzer

William Fevre, the son of an accomplished winemaker, founded Domaine de la Maladiere and bottled his first wines after the 1959 harvest. Over a forty year span, Domaine de la Maladiere slowly grew into the largest owner of grand cru vineyards in the region and it enjoyed an excellent reputation. William was also a dominant personality. When the local political establishment wanted to increase the region’s vineyard area to include sites that that did not possess the important Kimmeridgian soil, William stood out as one of the fiercest and loudest opponents to the expansion. The wines from these new areas, he argued, would not have the classic aromas and flavors that were characteristic of Chablis. Fevre lost the battle, but by voicing his opinion he had become one of the leading figures in the region. In 1998, Fevre sold his estate to the Henriot family of Champagne, who in an odd twist, changed the name to Domaine William Fevre. Henriot had also recently purchased the Beaune negociant Bouchard Pere et Fils and had been responsible for a renaissance at that estate. Several changes were immediately made at Fevre by the Henriot team and the quality of the wines improved. The domaine is now recognized as one of, if not the top, producers in Chablis.

Fevre releases wines under two labels, one from land owned by the domaine and the other from purchased fruit. The two labels are nearly identical, but the estate bottles read “Domaine” in script above “William Fevre”. Several premier crus are produced under the domaine label, including Beauroy (1.12 ha.), Montmains (1.75 ha.), Les Lys (0.99 ha.), Vaillons (2.86 ha.), Fourchaume and Montee de Tonnerre (1.5 ha.). A unique cuvee is bottled the from the lieu-dit Vaulaurent, which is separated from the northern portion of the grand cru Les Preuses by a path. The vineyard is allowed to use the name of the nearby premier cru Fourchaume and is labeled as Fourchaume Vignoble de Vaulaurent. More powerful than a typical Fourchaume, the wine is considered to be a “baby grand cru” by the Fevre team. Additionally, Cote de Lechet and Mont de Mileu are bottled under the negociant label.

15.2 hectares of the domaines 27 hectares are located in grand cru vineyards and the line-up is impressive. Bougros (4.12 ha.), Les Preuses (2.55 ha.), Vaudesir (1.20 ha.), Valmur (1.15 ha.) and Les Clos (4.11 ha.) are all bottled under the domaine label. The only grand cru missing from the estate’s portfolio is Blanchots, but a wine from this vineyard is sold under the negociant arm. The domaine also separates a portion of Bougros as separate cuvee. Clos des Bouguerots (2.11 ha.) is a small parcel located at the bottom of Bougros that is extremely steep. The domaine views this section as a separate vineyard and thus the eighth grand cru of Chablis. More elegant and refined, the Clos des Bouguerots cuvee is a step up from the estate’s regular bottling.

The wines made by William Fevre under the Domaine de la Maladiere label were respected, but not universally loved. New oak barrels were used liberally and the bottled wines reflected this treatment. The new regime reduced the amount of new oak used in the cellar and the wines quickly became more transparent. Didier Seguier is in charge of the winemaking and seeks to produce wines that show their terroir. All of the grapes harvested by the estate are hand-picked and carefully sorted. Some of the wines are fermented in steel vats, others in barrels, but the percentage of new oak is moderate. The wines are intense, clean and precise. William Fevre may no longer be making wine in Chablis, but his presence is still felt through the excellent domaine that bears his name.


03 Dec 2013

The William Fèvre wine-estate has very rich and varied vineyards among which 60% are classified as Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. These wines offer a large array of nuances and have to be appreciated depending on moods and opportunities. However the right time to taste them is a tricky question because it is intimately linked with the ageing potential, which itself is variable according to the climate of the appellation and the vintage.

Though the Chablis wines tend to be consumed in their youth, they nonetheless show an ability to reveal themselves over 5 to 7 years of cellaring, unveiling more complex aromas while keeping a great freshness.

The Premier Crus like Les Lys and Beauroy will show well over the next 7 years.

For other climates such as Montmains, Vaulorent or even Mont de Milieu which are rich, unctuous and very mineral so that the keeping can go on for 10 to 15 years.

On the other hand one will have to be more patient with Grands Crus which can be kept for at least 10 years for some climates like Vaudésir or Bougros and beyond 15 years for Les Clos or Les Preuses.


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