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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 26 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardLes Clos
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2024 (based on 28 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine W. Fevre Chablis Les Clos on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 86 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ggj on 6/7/2015 & rated 93 points: In perfect condition. No Premox. (557 views)
 Tasted by ggj on 6/6/2015 flawed bottle: DOA. Premox (555 views)
 Tasted by ccn on 4/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Still quite tight. Palate staining. Citrus, crushed oyster. Light but intense. I'd wait 5 years before checking back. Excellent potential (820 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 4/12/2015 & rated 89 points: i agree with others, this was a good wine (i love chablis) but not great (and certainly not headed for outstanding)… good acid ('07-ish), decent minerals but fruit was missing… was looking for that citrus profile and didn't get it… therefore fell slightly flat on night one, a bit better on night two… happy that i only had one bottle of this but have about two cases combined of the '08 and '10 versions!! (966 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 3/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Chablis-athon (Chicago, IL): Laser-like focus. Green and sharp, like a razor blade. Perhaps a bit less stuff going on than you'd expect, this is really dominated by that acidity. But then again, loads of acidity is a good thing to have in wine. There are some slight green apple notes towards the finish, but don't count on it. (1338 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 3/20/2015 flawed bottle: Poxed! Definitely more advanced than my last bottle…and more sherry than it should be at this age. BUT….to me, not not drinkable! Yes it has nutty sherry, baked apple, dried honey……but it started to drink like a still Krug for me! Still has crisp citrus and crunchy salty minerals….and at times some pretty tasty chalk, florals, green apple, and sea air? Nose is all sherry…but the palate is pleasing….in a Krug style way! Not a total loss…but not really what I want. (992 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 2/8/2015: pretty reduced initially but started to give way to fresh grass on the nose. Really ripe waxy soft fruit and the palate was silky smooth. There was this long lingering flavor on the wine but it wasn't terribly complex, something lingered but it wasn't anything that livened up the palate (1224 views)
 Tasted by fclarity on 1/17/2015 & rated 93 points: As one would expect for the age, this wine had a pale yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose showed lemon, lime, white stone, and green apple.

This wine was quite acidic at first. Later is mellowed some and a few hours after that it firmed up again. While quite crisp, the wine was also quite viscous and long. The stone flavors saturate the wine.

While this is still clearly young and somewhat tight, it shows great promise. Personally, I wouldn't touch it for 10 years because it is highly likely to pick up 2-3 points. (1255 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 12/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Compared to the Preuses 2007 tasted yesterday, this is more energetic and tightly coiled, with a lovely intensity of lemon, lime, oyster shell and oak, dry but juicy, pure and linear and with some creaminess on the palate; just a bit light on the finish, could do with more length and aromatic persistence. I love the style, but I would rate this only marginally higher than the similarly styled Montée de Tonnerre 2008 from the same producer. And in case you are interested: the Raveneau Clos 2007 and this wine are not even in the same solar system. Ready to go. (1404 views)
 Tasted by Drankard on 11/14/2014 & rated 92 points: DCWINO calls this correct. Lots of flinty minerality. (1690 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 11/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Overwhelming saline and wet stone notes on the nose. A touch of tropical fruit, but most of what I got was oyster shells. (1764 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 9/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Impromptu gathering - Cos, Velvet Glove, SQN, Alban, Larkmead and etc. (Charlie Palmer - Washington DC): Typical Fevre nose, pear, honey, flint and saline. Medium concentration, good acidity, mineral and good length. The 07 Chablis are ready to go. For my palate, the 07s are slightly lacking energy and precision as they seem soft and round. (2288 views)
 Tasted by godx on 8/30/2014: Youthful, fresh and very classic. Loads of acidity along with tension, energy and salinity. There's a ton of potential here just needs some time. Try again in 2-3 years and go from there. (1775 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 8/1/2014 & rated 93 points: Drank in Hong Kong
Nose of wet stones, peach, butter and lemon. Pure balanced mouth and a medium length. (1702 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 7/4/2014 & rated 96 points: This was much better than my first bottle, only a few months ago, and wow was it good. Classic Stoney, slaty notes, smooth and intense. Yum. (2160 views)
 Tasted by azzah on 6/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Intense yellow/green colour. Flowers, citrus and sea spray on the nose. Lime, lemon, granny smith apple, mandarin skin, white peach and a wonderful, fresh slatey acidity in the mouth. Lick of buttery vanilla. Really energetic and powerfully concentrated. Superb. (1955 views)
 Tasted by Pikkle on 6/19/2014 & rated 95 points: Taught and racy with some very nice ripe Granny Smith apple, lemon curd, verbena, mandarin orange peel with a cool marine breeze. Snappy acidity and a deft touch of wood makes this a pleasure to drink. Open for business but could do another 10 years if it doesn't premox. (1678 views)
 Tasted by BigJul on 6/14/2014: Très bien en soi, mais n'a pas la prétention des grosses notes qui lui ont été accordées. Une déception dans les circonstances. (1632 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 5/6/2014 & rated 89 points: Exactly as previous note. (1837 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 3/14/2014 & rated 94 points: La Paulée de San Francisco - The Verticals (The Fairmont - San Francisco CA): Tasting, brief note. My favorite of the 09/08/07 vertical. Green apple and lemon. Tightly wound energy, racy and vibrant. Good now, better in another year or three. (2330 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/14/2014: Impressions from the 2014 La Paulee Verticals Tasting (Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco): Darker than the 2 younger wines. Neutral fruit, less intensity, in fact much less of everything than the '08 had. A rare occasion when I preferred an '09 to the more delicate style of 2007. (1955 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Light yellow color; tart pear nose; tasty, tart pear, mineral, tart apple palate; long finish (1024 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/14/2014: La Paulée de San Francisco 2014 Verticals Tasting (The Fairmont, San Francisco): Strong lemon-lime aromas, almost aggressively so; drinking very nicely, with the seemingly high acid keeping it very tight and focused. (2000 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 3/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Another great wine. (1613 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 3/5/2014 & rated 93 points: While this was a bit blowsy, it had nice minerality on the quite open mid-palate, lots of fruit. (1736 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Les Clos Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2009, Issue #36
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Clos) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, March 2009, Issue #23
(Domaine William Fèvre, Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/27/2009)
(Dom William Fèvre, Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2009, Issue #19, The 2007 Burgundy Vintage: Delightful Reds and Brilliant Whites
(Chablis “Les Clos”- Domaine William Fèvre) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2008, Issue #32
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2008, IWC Issue #139
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/14/2014)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Light yellow color; tart pear nose; tasty, tart pear, mineral, tart apple palate; long finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/31/2009)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Intriguing mineral, lime, tart lemon nose; tight, tart, deep lemon, mineral, lime and chalk palate; medium-plus finish  92 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.




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

Les Clos

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos exact outline

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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