Search: (advanced)

External search
Google (images)
Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator

Show more

From this producer
Show all wines
All tasting notes
  Home | All Cellars | Tasting Notes | Reports | UsersHelp | Member Sign In 

 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VineyardLes Preuses
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 Preuses on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 74 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 6/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Quite a broad and expansive style, a rich and spicy Chablis, nice and buttery but not really detailed in its discreet expression, relatively soft, completely ready. In its youth this must have been a stunner (or so all the critics seem to think), but I don't think it was made for the long haul. (1018 views)
 Tasted by cannym on 5/3/2015 & rated 94 points: Very fine. Mid green gold. Nose of fresh flowers and sea-spray. Fine citrus backbone, some iodine, some light honey, chalk. Good acidity and weight. Long. Really textbook. Most enjoyable. Good now but still quite young, more to come for sure. (1086 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 4/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice bright intensity with good minerality and crisp finish. Drank before a dinner party and was gone in a flash. (1128 views)
 Tasted by LIE-user on 4/5/2015 & rated 94 points: Rather great Chablis. Perfect mixture of acidity, sweetness, fruit and minerals.

Perhaps it's better to wait some more years. (1237 views)
 Tasted by cos65 on 3/14/2015: Wow! This is rather fantastic. Tons of cool, minerally citrus with perfect balance. (1273 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 2/28/2015: Flinty with loads of citrus fruit and blossom notes on the nose. Fine and elegant yet powerful and piercing in the mouth. Great depth and detail and outstanding length. (1205 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 2/8/2015: pretty fantastic bright nose, filled with spearmint and bright citrus fruit. The palate was filled with lemon curd and so light and delicate. Needs time to open up but that nose was awesome (1053 views)
 Tasted by MPAN on 1/30/2015 & rated 91 points: Light yellow; subdued nose, some wet stones; quite lean, good structure and depth, intense aftertaste, which brings it from relatively ordinary to quite good (1004 views)
 Tasted by FYC on 1/4/2015: Crispy, mineral, clean, focused and with about an hour of air put on some nice fruit and weight. A very fine bottle. (1283 views)
 Tasted by Eboracum on 12/31/2014 & rated 91 points: This was more seamless than the Valmur '10 which preceded, perhaps less full of character, but more perfect. Medium/light body with all its elements of citrus fruit, stony minerals, bright acidity and underlying roundness beautifully focussed and singing in unison with hints of lovely secondary development which is so beguiling on mature (pox free!) Chablis. Very good. (1001 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 12/27/2014 & rated 92 points: The critics all seem to adore this, but I entertain slight reservations about this wine. I like it a lot, but it isn't all that. The nose is beautiful, expressive after decanting, mineral and deep, hints of lemon and subtle oak; nice intensity on the palate, lovely minerality, ripe acidity, hint of warmth from the oak; good length. A lovely Chablis, but it does not really distinguish itself from a very good Premier Cru and I would say that this does not have the energy and drive required for greatness; the peacock's tail that Preuses is famous for is missing too. Might it be that, like in Germany, 2007 is not always completely fulfilling its early promise in Chablis either? For my palate, this is completely ready. (1160 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 8/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Drank in Hong Kong
The first bottle had a slight aftertaste but the second bottle was firing on all cylinders. Nose of peach, apple and butter with a balanced palate and a medium length (1705 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 7/24/2014 flawed bottle: This seemed borderlined corked, so I will not be rating it. A bit of a pity though, because it would have been very nice otherwise. There was a cardboardy whiff about the nose that faded somewhat, but it was always still there, peeking out amidst rather ripe smelling scents of sweet red apples and fleshy melons, some flowers, and the lightest soupcon of cream set against a chalky backdrop, slightly spicy backdrop. Rather rich smelling for the normally more spare and minerally Les Preuses I thought. Same thing on the palate. This was rather rich and creamy for a Chablis, particularly a Preuses, with white fruit and apple flavours pierced by some stirring acidity. For all that freshness though, this had an oily textured weight that seemed more Les Clos than Les Preuses, perhaps more 2006 than 2007. It ended in a long, deep and powerful finish, with chalkier notes flecked with a little seashell. Unfortunately, though, that hint of cardboard peeked out again, more clearly this time, on the backpalate. I thought this lacked a bit of the usual cut and precision for a Fevre Les Preuses, especially from such a pure vintage like 2007. May have been because it was corked, but that we will only be able to tell with another bottle. (1093 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 7/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Dinner at Galletto's (Galletto Ristorante, Modesto Ca.): Decanted for a couple hours…started out with wonderful ripe and creamy peach, green apple fruit…laser beam citrus, sea minerality….later into the night, it plumped up even more, and started showing some buttery notes, not ox.…but still great chalky salty minerals, lemon/lime lift, great tasty Chablis! (1942 views)
 Tasted by MattTM on 7/12/2014: Decanted at cellar temp for 2 hours prior to tasting. Dominant lemon rind and lime zest on the nose, with plenty of green apple, crushed sea shells, white flowers, light stone fruits, with some toasted oak lingering in the background. Great nose that's so crisp and citrus-y it almost makes your eyes water. Tons more lemon oil and lime zest follow through on the palate, with tart green apple, white peach, and charred wood. Plenty of saline and crushed limestone dances across the palate, with lively tongue numbing acidity coating the tongue on the finish. There's definitely some oak floating around here but it's not obtrusive, and will surely integrate with some more time in bottle. Delicious now but what a bright future this has in front of it. Fantastic- (1922 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 6/30/2014 & rated 94 points: This is extraordinary tonight displaying flavors of quiet, but intense green fruit, rich, penetrating oyster shell notes, firm minerality, some saline undertones and a hint of nutmeg, all supported by a brisk acidic spine. This is a nuanced, elegant bottle of wine. Just delicious. (1687 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 6/29/2014 flawed bottle: Oxidized - slight at first but then bad. (1958 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 6/26/2014 & rated 96 points: Best white wine I've had - incredible. Pale hold, perfect tropical fruit yet crisp acidity and limes within a creamy texture. Really opened up after an hour. (1376 views)
 Tasted by MyCellar01 on 6/22/2014 & rated 95 points: Pale gold in colour.
Popped and poured.
Expressive nose with time in the glass. Buttery vanillan oak underlying aroma sharpened by wonderful fruit above, limes, green apples, citrus freshness and zing! An exotic fragrant expression, more enticing with further time open.
Silky, seductive palate. Full bodied mouthfeel. Melange of generous fruit up front and seamless mid-palate which continues on and on and without end almost, to generous satisfaction.
Very happy.
Open one hour, new sensations from a wine that continues to add to its expressive qualities with newfound minerallity and zesty acidity post mid-palate.
Impressive stuff. (1025 views)
 Tasted by Jbird73 on 6/21/2014: Couldn't wait. Finished it off. Fantastic. (1090 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 6/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Very nice and far superior to the last bottle that was abit flawed. Similar to the Bougros in all respects except not as rich and luxurious as the 08 Bougros, but quite nice. (1038 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 6/4/2014 flawed bottle: Not a good night for Chablis at my house. The first two bottles of La Forest were premoxed and undrinkable and this bottle had the very barest hint of cork and, while still drinkable, was fairly flat and uninteresting. A shame. (1187 views)
 Tasted by Jbird73 on 5/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Coravin Pull #1 - Checking in on this last bottle with a first pull...similar notes to before...this is fantastic stuff. Will be tough to wait another year for pull #2 but got to try and be patient. Just can't blame anyone for breaking this open now and enjoying it! It is fantastic. (1187 views)
 Tasted by MPAN on 12/21/2013 & rated 94 points: Light yellow; nose a bit unyielding; round, very nice attack, ventil rubber, toasted; very pleasant (1856 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 11/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Lovely. Not terribly complex. Great with white clam sauce. (1944 views)
 Only displaying the 25 most recent notes - click to see all notes for this wine...

Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2009, Issue #36
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, March 2009, Issue #23
(Domaine William Fèvre, Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/27/2009)
(Dom William Fèvre, Les Preuses 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 Preuses”- 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 Preuses Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2008, IWC Issue #139
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses) Subscribe to see review text.
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Burghound and Vinous and The World of Fine Wine and JancisRobinson.com and View From the Cellar. (manage subscription channels)

CellarTracker Wiki Articles (login to edit | view all articles)

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.

The outlinehttp://www.weinlagen-info.de/?lage_id=2175


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


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

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'."

© 2003-15 CellarTracker! LLC. All rights reserved. "CellarTracker!" is a trademark of CellarTracker! LLC. No part of this website may be used, reproduced or distributed without the prior written permission of CellarTracker! LLC. (Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. DB2) - Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook