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ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VineyardLes Preuses
AppellationChablis Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)081753802974

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2020 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine W. Fevre Chablis Les Preuses on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 92 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Louvin on 4/22/2016 & rated 94 points: Good to get a perfect wine. Not 100pt but in great condition, light color, nicely honeyed with viscosity lingering for a long finish. Crisp with lemon notes. Just super. (173 views)
 Tasted by nywine68 on 4/20/2016 & rated 93 points: Beautiful wine. Layers of complexity and bracing acidity. Apple and almonds with a long lingering vibrant finish. Hard to put it down. (175 views)
 Tasted by cdunn on 4/12/2016 & rated 82 points: like the majority of the '04 and '05 Les Preuses and Les Clos I've had over the past 5 years, this was tired, lacking freshness and depth of flavor. Fevre was one of my favorite producers for a number of years, but their severe premox issues has been a source of great irritation. Ceased buying with 2008 vintage. (282 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 2/11/2016 & rated 55 points: Caramel. Tired. Not quite oxidized but not pleasant at all. Dump (551 views)
 Tasted by tewino on 2/11/2016 & rated 89 points: Nice. Acids/fruit balance. Clean. (599 views)
 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 11/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Drank over two nights. Huge improvement over earlier bottles, and more in line with expectations. Pain grille, oyster shell, green fruits and lemon cream, balanced with mild chalk and mineral. Nice bottle. Will drink my last one in the coming months, as I don't see this improving (734 views)
 Tasted by J o e on 5/28/2015: Thoroughly oxidized. A shame, as the previous 11 ranged from very good to spectacular. (1550 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 5/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Light pale color. Subtle nose but almost some hint of lemon and cream. Has come together beatifully on palate. Some creamy buttery notes yet there's beatiful summer fruit and light minerality. Light yet lingers. So happy as last bottle (same case) was becoming oxidized! (1373 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 12/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Golden yellow in colour.
Hint of apple on nose.
Balanced, clean and precise on palate. Stoned fruits and pear.
Lovely balance on the palate. Slightly caramelised on the finish.
Very enjoyable. (1906 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 10/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Super complex nose. Lots of minerality. Shell fish. Delicate sweetness. A clear reminder of tastes of the seaside. Crushed sea shells.
Beautiful balance on the palate. Long. Again complex but all flavours in harmony.
Drinking really nicely. Definitely recommend. (2215 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 8/21/2014 & rated 88 points: light yellow, in the color. spice, floral, lemon, earth, on the nose. citrus, honey, mineral, spice, on the palate. medium acid, on the finish. (1908 views)
 Tasted by Bob H on 5/4/2014: Light gold in the glass; pre-moxed ;^( (2557 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 4/23/2014 & rated 93 points: This one is clean and shining nicely. Pure Chablis nose, moderately flesh. Nice acid bite that gives way to lovely bath of sweet floral of pleasantly moderate intensity. (2648 views)
 Tasted by Audun G on 4/6/2014 & rated 90 points: More elegant and less powerful compared with the Clos 05 tasted the same evening. Floral, round and fruity. Hints of minerals. Less dominated by oak than the Clos. (1959 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 4/1/2014 & rated 89 points: The effects of POX are gentle but unmistakeable with this wine... (1960 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 3/27/2014 & rated 95 points: White Frenchies at Sea Change (Sea Change at the Guthrie, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. PNP, Drank 1+ glass over 90 minutes. This was a pristine bottle, a wow wine with a great nose and palate. I was struck by the intensity here. The nose was tropical, very fresh fruits, mango, orange, orange blossoms, quite floral, butterscotch, a touch of anise, mineral. The palate was lively and expressive, gorgeous minerality, precise, tropical, citrus, anise. Long finish. I loved this bottle! 94+ to 95pts. (2041 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/24/2014: Light tulip with a glimmer of green. White flowers and succulent citrus aromas. Medium weight. Beautiful framing use of oak to give the wine a silky feel without any taste of wood. Absolutely gorgeous orange/lemon fruit that just sings. Some salinity, average acidity, good length. This is a hard wine not to like because of its fruit and feel, but it doesn't really deliver the tension and "essence of Chablis" character that you find in the greatest examples of Les Preuses. High quality, though, and as good as it is going to get. (1119 views)
 Tasted by BurgAndy on 2/4/2014 flawed bottle: More premox. I'm thinking best to drink Fevre Chablis young. Sad indeed. (1310 views)
 Tasted by achim_m on 12/26/2013 & rated 88 points: Premox? Ok the first 20+ minutes but nothing to write home about. After that the taste got more and more honeyed with little interesting. (1270 views)
 Tasted by jerhardt on 9/10/2013 & rated 94 points: A really good bottle; fantastic example of what this should be, drinking absolutely at peak. (2030 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 8/17/2013 & rated 93 points: Bright; Precise; Lemon; Toasted note on the nose; Delicious; Great depth (2011 views)
 Tasted by godx on 7/16/2013 flawed bottle: Premoxed. (1532 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 7/10/2013 flawed bottle: Bottle was dead, premox has claimed another victim. (1608 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 7/10/2013 flawed bottle: Dead (1939 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 5/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Better luck with this than others' notes. Light yellow. No preox notes. Full bodied, a big Chablis. Ripe citrus fruit. I don't see this being a long ager. (1592 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/17/2010)
(William Fèvre, Les Preuses Premier Cru Chablis Blanc) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2007, Issue #28
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/2/2007)
(Dom William Fèvre, Preuses Chablis Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/2/2007)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133
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The World of Fine Wine, March 2007, Issue #15
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2006, Issue #6, The 2005 Burgundy Vintage : Great Reds and Pleasant Whites
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2006, IWC Issue #129
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2006, Issue #24
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Bill Nanson
Burgundy-Report (11/1/2007)
(Fevre William Chablis Les Preuses) Nice aromas, more concentrated and wide. Very long - I like!
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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.


Chardonnay on Appellation America

Les Preuses

Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses: The vineyards are on an exposed southwest facing slope domi-
nating its Grand Cru neighbors. The soil is a mixture of marl and chalky Kimmeridgian.

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Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Burgundy Report |
Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker

# 2013 Vintage Notes:
* "2013 is a vintage that 20 years ago would have been a disaster." - Will Lyons
* "low yields and highly variable reds, much better whites." - Bill Nanson
* "Virtually all wines were chaptalised, with a bit of sugar added before fermentation to increase the final alcohol level." - Jancis Robinson

# 2014 Vintage Notes:
"We have not had such splendid harvest weather for many years. This will ensure high quality (fragrant, classy and succulent are words already being used) across the board, up and down the hierarchy and well as consistently from south to north geographically apart from those vineyards ravaged by the hail at the end of June." - Clive Coates


Chablis (Fédération de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis) | Chablis (Burgundy Wines)

2014 Vintage Notes:
"... a hybrid of 2004/2007 and 2010. The stone, citrus and limestone amalgam is exactly what we search for in Chablis as the style harkens to a day in the Cote de Beaune proper (1960's - 1980's) when wine was not meant to be consumed the week it was released, battonage was not used by all and new oak was rarely seen ... the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker' .... Like Sancerre or the Loire in general, 2014 in Chablis is one of those rare years with extract and transparency. It appears to be a vintage for the "neoclassic" ages and those of us intent on cellaring the most terroir-driven (but still powerful) examples of vineyard, site-place and varietal will want to invest (heavily) in the magnetic and electric 2014's." - Jon Rimmerman

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