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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 15 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardBougros Cote de Bouguerots
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)3443620120043

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2018 (based on 19 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See W. Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots Domaine on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 68 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Charlie Carnes on 6/6/2015: Aging nicely! This is tasty. It is crisp and meaty at the same time. I like the silica, limestone, and baked lemon perceptions, followed by a nice full- for dry, crisp, Chablis- swallow. (676 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 5/26/2015 & rated 91 points: Delicious with fresh cod deep fried. Citrus, minerality and classic Chablis flavors. Drink or hold (959 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 5/25/2015 & rated 86 points: This Chablis has been a roller coaster ride over the years. My ratings ranged from good to great depending on bottle variation. This final bottle of the case may sum up the average of a fine Chablis. Rather Good, with similar tasting notes of previous bottles in that range. Nice, but not particularly memorable overall. For the price, I will probably not buy again. (822 views)
 Tasted by prism on 2/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Stellar, as usual, though there was a peculiar understated taste that I can't put my finger on, which added interest but detracted a bit from the purity of fruit I've come to expect from this wine. (856 views)
 Tasted by pbaek on 12/23/2014: Completely shot, oxidized mess. (1001 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 9/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Lovely wine in terms of the variety of tastes. Very expressive (if that is the term). Nice balance, fruit, acid, and whatever. I suspect that it will be better in 1-3 years. Just a hunch. Decanted while drinking. (1525 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 9/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Casual (Mostly) Burg Dinner with Friends (Bistro Campagne - Chicago, IL): Far superior vs another more mature from my cellar from a few weeks ago. This still showed lots of ripe 2006 character and wasn't necessarily very classically "Chablis," but still good ripe apple with subtle textural elements throughout. (2038 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 9/7/2014 & rated 94 points: Colour light lemon, with clarity, depth and viscosity. On opening, a little musty on the nose and disjointed on the palate but after 30 minutes it came together (whew). Wow, this is good! On bouquet, minerals, wet river boulders and chalk to the fore, with oyster shell and a little sea spray. Also a layer of orchard fruit aromas, particularly Bartlett pears and peaches. A lovely, elegant understated nose, also with a touch of honey and some white cottage flowers. In the mouth, excellent intensity and acid cut, broad with serious Grand Cru fruit weight, volume and power. Pure, fresh, refined and elegant flavours, very well balanced. Nuanced and detailed flavours again led by mineral, chalk and seashell elements, backed by pear, lemons and grapefruit, blanched almonds and a hint of sweet lemon honey and vanilla pod. Seamlessly integrated oak. Excellent length, finishing on its acids, nice and dry. The Chablis reminds me, if I need reminding, that top Grand Cru Chablis competes with other top end White Burgundy Grand Cru, often at a fraction of the price. This bottle was right in its drinking window, but looked like it could have gone another 5+ years easily. (1639 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/19/2014 flawed bottle: (Mostly) Grand Cru Chablis Dinner (GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago IL): Came across extremely ripe and short of acidity. Slightly tired to start, very tired when open 30 minutes. (1859 views)
 Tasted by aridan on 7/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Good but not fantastic (1171 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 7/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Another ride on this Chablis roller coaster. My ratings have ranged from 84 to 95. I'm pleased to say this bottle merits an outstanding rating of 91 from me. Light gold. Nose of summer flowers and river rocks. The palate is rich and full, with a great balance between fruit and minerality. On the long finish, notes of almonds, peaches, pears, and scallop shells. Complex. (956 views)
 Tasted by awinestory on 5/27/2014: light gold color, aromas of orange blossom, beeswax, intense minerals lively med+ acidity and a long dry finish with chalk, sea shells, and bright tangerine fruit. (1091 views)
 Tasted by prism on 3/1/2014 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured. Served this to the ladies, had just a taste at the end. Fabulous stuff, as always. Hard to imagine a Grand Cru white Burg better than this. Light, complex, lovely white fruits, long finish. (1253 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 2/27/2014 & rated 94 points: My second bottle in about two months. Again, a beautiful green-gold color and a ripened fruit nose. In the mouth medium-weight green apple, citrus fruit and vanilla custard flavors are carried on a clearly defined streak of acidity. This really is an excellent white wine. By the way, the acidity helped cut the buttery richness of the Escargots à la Bourguignonne served with it and made for a perfect wine/food pairing. 94 points. (1179 views)
 Tasted by Pinotnut on 2/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful nose, great acidity, long finish, great with a shellfish tower. (989 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 2/5/2014: Pale yellow. Nose of wet stone, grapefruit and quinine. Oak is present but not unpleasant. Riper on the palate than the aromas would suggest. Well balanced if not the most classical Chablis. For a $30 close out on a grand cru Chablis, who's complaining? (1091 views)
 Tasted by prism on 1/24/2014 & rated 94 points: An outstanding white Burgundy, medium to light bodied but with loads of complexity. My wife used some in braising chicken breasts with snow peas and kale and we enjoyed a couple of glasses with dinner. Delicious stuff, and if I felt comfortable having a US$45-$75 as a go-to white, this could be the one, but my budget mandates that my go-to whites to be under, if not well under, $25-$30. This one is truly a treat. (905 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 1/7/2014 & rated 94 points: This lovely wine has a green-tinged medium gold color and an undeniably ripe and fruity nose. On the palate, ample acidity supports lemon, apple, vanilla and a touch of pine smoke. It does not possess an overabundance of Chablis “steeliness” but is nevertheless extremely fresh, exceedingly opulent, moderately long and deliciously satisfying. This excellent wine, which is a picture-perfect example of its ripe vintage, has years of life ahead of it. 94 points. (940 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 12/31/2013 & rated 93 points: Delicious with king crab at a friends birthday. Crisp. (844 views)
 Tasted by prism on 11/28/2013 & rated 95 points: Pale Golden straw. Pears and stone fruits, a little lychee fruit, on the nose. Loose, sweet mineral tones, light French Oak flavor, lots going on. Light, refreshing, and intriguing. Very nice, and hard not to gulp, it's so tasty. (769 views)
 Tasted by prism on 11/28/2013 & rated 95 points: Consistent with previous bottles: a delightful Chablis, no off notes, light on its feet but substantial. (880 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 9/16/2013 & rated 93 points: Served slightly below cellar temperature. Soft nose of white flowers, pear, tropical fruit, lemon zest and sea shell. All on the palate with a touch of salinity, and leading to a long, dry finish. Excellent balance of minerality and acidity. Paired well with sauteed flounder and herb butter. (1300 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 7/25/2013 & rated 84 points: This Chablis has varied greatly in my experience. This bottle, though good, is not more than good. Conversely, I have rated one previous bottle of this same lot of wine as high as 95 (one of the highest ratings I've ever given to a white wine). C'est la vin. (1320 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 5/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Disappointing showing. Nose is bright with saline qualities - minerals, lime, sea shells - but an odd sherry note lingers beneath. Palate shows more oxidiation in the background and distracting from stone fruit and acidity. Disjointed and odd. Saved some for night #2 but not expecting much. (1845 views)
 Tasted by BurgAndy on 4/12/2013: Light youthful color. Soft white fruit, citrus, and subtle honey nose followed by flavors of white orchard fruit, saline, yellow apple, and just a touch of botrytis. This is very lean for the vintage. Lovely juice. I very much enjoyed this. (2053 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2008, Issue #32
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Bougros Côte de Bouguerots Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2008, IWC Issue #139
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The World of Fine Wine, March 2008, Issue #19
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2008, Issue #14, A Second Helping of 2006 Burgundy
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By Julia Harding, MW
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2007, Issue #28
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133
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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.




THE AGEING POTENTIAL OF WILLIAM FÈVRE WINES

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

Chardonnay on Appellation America

France

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

Burgundy

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

Chablis

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

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Jon Rimmerman: "2014 is a return to the titillating terroir punch that is only delivered in the 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that dot the slopes and hillsides of Chablis. The 2014 wines in most of Chablis are so reflective and elegantly mineral-drenched that its hard not to glug them straight away (Beaujolais had a mostly similar result in 2014 after 2012/2013 examples that were largely disappointing).

In Chablis, 2014 is the finest vintage since 2010 and it is somewhat of 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.

As more and more in Burgundy are trying to curtail the thickness in their wines (from heavy new wood/malo/stirring) in favor of more transparent and lithe structures (with equal levels of fascinating material and intrigue), it can be said that the material itself must stand the test of time, not the textural impression left by the winemaker. That does not mean all texture is lost - quite the opposite - but the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker'."
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