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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 24 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardLes Clos
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2026 (based on 23 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See W. Fevre Chablis Les Clos on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 85 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tcarter on 5/15/2015 & rated 94 points: La Las Dinner: Fantastic chablis with clear minerality and hints of citrus. Held up well to raw bar of shrimp and crab meat. Didn't quite match up to the 2009 Dauvissat Clos we poured next to it, but still a worthy contender. (504 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 4/25/2015: PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs
-translucent pale gold-green, looks half its age
-somewhat reticent fresh reduction sea breeze lemon
-med acidity, light weight with almost painfully intense minerality and saline, some lemon but only a shadow of the fruit remains from many years ago, elegant and regal, not a touch of oxidation, still very fresh, very long finish
-a very serious wine, epitome of power without weight, was brilliant for its fireworks when younger and will be brilliant as it picks up mature elements, right now just excellent as it sits between those two states (812 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 3/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Chablis-athon (Chicago, IL): This has acidity in the same style as the racy 2007, though it's dialed down to a 9 instead. The big contrast here is a lusher wine, with some juicy stone fruit that rounds out the acidity a lot more. This is a more complete wine, with much better balance between the elements. (1568 views)
 Tasted by Dale B. on 3/8/2015 & rated 95 points: A laser beam of minerality and white fruits with a focused, stone driven acidity. Tight mouth feel that explodes on a lingering finish. (1470 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 1/10/2015 & rated 94 points: A wow of a wine that has a beautiful light gold color tinged with the faintest green. Ripe, fully-extracted fruit and minerals are infused with a lively, scherzo-like acidity. Awesome! This is delicious, and it is not even at its peak! Some say the 2010 is better but I am not betting on it. Hold for about six years. 94 points. (2327 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 12/28/2014 & rated 93 points: fresh and firm acids and minerality, really needed the one hour decant (then re chilled) (2237 views)
 Tasted by Jeffrey Silver on 12/13/2014 & rated 95 points: Amazing wine that truly opens up after 1hr. Mineral on the nose along with hints of greafruit. Has a sense of the sea in there. The nose and taste are spellbound. Finish lingers on for a full min. (2226 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 12/11/2014: Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Light yellow color, citrus, flowers, light to medium body, zesty acidity, clean finish, outstanding. (2050 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 12/6/2014 & rated 95 points: My wife and I almost ran out of superlatives here. Gorgeous nose of seashells, lime, and jasmin flowers. Tremendous balance of the rich mouthfeel, lime-driven acidity, and chalky-saline crunch on the long finish. Lives up to its grand cru billing. (2096 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 11/24/2014 & rated 93 points: PnP. Slightly darker yellow than the usual Chablis. Upon opening not the most expressive nose but gains more minerality with more air. Unusually oily texture on the palate, slightly sweet and with good weight, white fruits, minerals, some nutty flavours. Long finish. Excellent, even though I would not mind a touch more freshness... (1930 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 11/9/2014 & rated 94 points: Really nice tonight. I think this wine was best upon release. More fireworks at that time. It has matured into something more muted but perhaps more complex and subtle. An excellent wine. (1910 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 9/19/2014: Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): 7-8 years too soon. Light-medium bodied, medium straw color. Equal parts saline, chalk and minerals on a canvas of delicate orchard fruits. Very delicate, and charming at times, but way too soon. A textbook definition of structure and purity. Lovely. 12,5% abv, recommended

Slow-O 5 hours, served non-blind. (3337 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/19/2014 & rated 94 points: (Mostly) Grand Cru Chablis Dinner (GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago IL): A big step up from the 2008 Bougros Cote de Bouguerots also tasted tonight, this was lean and energetic to start, but then powerful and concentrated from middle to end. Great balance. (3235 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/11/2014: This is a wine one can get fired up over. A tiny fraction less thrilling than the last bottle, but amazing finesse and length and imperceptible oak. (2594 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 6/28/2014 & rated 93 points: My first bottle of the '08 les Clos. A richly flavored Chablis: we had lamb kofta, not normally a dish you pair with white wine, but it worked. Rich mouthfeel with substantial acidity lending structure. The nose runs to white fruits, lime, mineral dust, and the flavor profile matches. (2947 views)
 Tasted by Dale B. on 6/1/2014 & rated 94 points: Pale yellow and vibrant, no pre-mox with this baby. Intense lemon grass and tart citrus aromas. For me, Les Clos is always the lusher cuvee' from Fevre. Just starting to evolve into something special. Will spin the pre-mox wheel and let the remaining bottles rest a bit longer. (2843 views)
 Tasted by Al-Vino on 5/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Classic Chablis with loads of depth and complexity and a very long finish! Very young bones...wait at least another year or two for the drinking window to open up. (2307 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 5/20/2014: White peach and mineral on the nose. Quite chiselled in the mouth with a big squeeze of lemon and a huge puff of chalk to the finish. Good depth and outstanding length. (2473 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 3/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Showing less fruit and crispness than last time I had this (2994 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 3/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Liked it very much. What I think of as Chablis. This vineyard does have a special complexity. (2062 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 3/14/2014 & rated 93 points: La Paulée de San Francisco - The Verticals (The Fairmont - San Francisco CA): Tasting, brief note. Lots of lemon, lime, some apple. Dense and firm start-to-finish. Slightly backward now, but great excitement and energy in long, powerful finish. I slightly preferred the 2007 tasted next. (2832 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/14/2014: Impressions from the 2014 La Paulee Verticals Tasting (Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco): Typical Chablis right down to its greenish tint. Dense, full of oyster and stone. Wonderful. (2083 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Light yellow color; tart pear, tart apple nose; deep, tasty, tart pear, tart apple, mineral palate; long finish 93+ points (1469 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 3/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Some Wine Tasted at the Zachys Auction; 3/13/2014-3/14/2014 (RN74 - San Francisco CA): Brief note. Lots of fleshy apple and pear that get incredible support from an intense minerality and acidity. Very good length. Upside from here. (2458 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/14/2014: La Paulée de San Francisco 2014 Verticals Tasting (The Fairmont, San Francisco): Nose of lemon and minerals, with the palate again showing a chalky aspect, lean but focused, good finish, and really a very nice Chablis. (2446 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Recently Tasted 2008 Burgundies in the Bottle A Great Vintage Not To Be Overlooked in the 2009 Frenzy
(Chablis “Les Clos”- Domaine William Fèvre) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Les Clos Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
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The World of Fine Wine, March 2010, Issue #27
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/13/2010)
(Dom William Fèvre, Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru Blanc) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2009, Issue #24, The Superb 2008 Burgundy Vintage- Already in the Shadow of 2009?
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2009, Issue #36
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Clos) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/14/2014)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Light yellow color; tart pear, tart apple nose; deep, tasty, tart pear, tart apple, mineral palate; long finish 93+ points  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/13/2010)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos) Tight lemon, acacia nose; tight, poised, tart citrus, lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  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.




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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