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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 11 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardLes Preuses
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)3443620001045

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2023 (based on 16 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 92.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 49 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by soyhead on 6/13/2015: Less complex than the 06 Raveneau M. De Tonnere (533 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 5/27/2015 & rated 92 points: Pnp. Lovely wine - acidity has receded somewhat though still bracing on the finish. Fruit is dominated by lime, limestone, and sea air. Classic and at the beginning of the drinking window. (770 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 5/4/2015 & rated 91 points: A slightly controversial wine on the night. Definitely had a muted nose and palate to start. A wine that would really benefit from time in a decanter. Really opened up after an hour. Saline rather than lots of fruit on the palate.certainly clean and precise. (923 views)
 Tasted by conviction buy on 4/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Pnp, quite reduced at first which gradually opens up into lime and flinty notes. Quite acidic in palate, but there is complex here that made the wine interesting. A very good Chablis! (1166 views)
 Tasted by Roughl on 4/4/2015 & rated 95 points: Absolutely stunning. Tension, chalk, extract, lemon curd.... All beautifully balanced. If it wasnt for premox i would let this sit in my cellar for two decades. Coravin sample (1049 views)
 Tasted by Herschel Krustofski on 3/29/2015 & rated 92 points: From a magnum. Opens up after some 30min in the glass, swirling occasionally. A serious wine that is just ready but probably deserves another 2 years of bottle age. (1093 views)
 Tasted by eb1202 on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Restrained, green herbs, green apple and lime, very good fresh, lemony acidity, distinct minerality, very finesse and balance. (775 views)
 Tasted by IanBlessing on 2/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Absolutely fantastic juice. I've really only dabbled in Chablis thus far, and this was the first bottle that knocked my socks off and screamed, "This is what Chablis is about". Chalky as a descriptor has always made sense to me, but I had never actually experienced it.

Aromatically and in taste, this wine delivers wave after wave of lemon and lime, occasional grapefruit, white flower blossoms, refreshing sea spray, chalky minerality, and with extra air picks up some tropical fruit notes as well. The mouthwatering finish goes on for days, leaving you drooling for more. If you're looking for a wine that displays sense of place, this is it. Absolutely beautiful. (1213 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 12/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Consistent with previous. Excellent. (1410 views)
 Tasted by MyCellar01 on 12/26/2014 flawed bottle: Medium yellow gold, translucent in colour. Darker and more developed than other Les Preuses of the same vintage and of '07.
Decanted for 30 minutes.
Sweet wood rises from the glass, followed by a limey rind background.
Viscous mouthfeel, lemon and acidic lime mid palate, sharp.
2 hours open, a melange of orange citrus full bodied, yet a limey, acidic spine undercurrent which becomes more apparent mid palate and predominant thru the finish. Some bitterness on the finish.
Difficult to assess. The colour suggests premature ageing, yet two hours open, more interest, more intrigue.
Left wondering whether to drink up or wait a further two years, likely the former. (1176 views)
 Tasted by KVM on 11/7/2014 & rated 84 points: Looks good, pale to med yellow. Nose is faintly of fennel and lemon. Lacking concentration, tastes thin. Something isn't right, here as it is pleasant, without any fault in the nose but is sadly lacking intensity. Will this come around in a year or two? (1711 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 9/1/2014: PopnPour, tasted over 4 hrs and day 2
-translucent light gold
-grapefruit, ripe but not really tropical until day 2 when some pineapple-y elements come through
-med+/high acidity, mid-palate loaded with minerally saline sap gives it power without weight, long and moderately complex
-unmistakably Chablis, has lost much of its baby fat and starting to develop some maturing elements, no sign of prem-ox, excellent (1928 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/27/2014: Spectacular out of magnum. (1966 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 7/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Pop and pour. Another fabulous showing. (1843 views)
 Tasted by BABLUES on 7/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Judgement of Chicago (Nomi): Tasted blind. Color was lighter than the rest. Nose was clean, fresh, mineral, classic Chablis. Taste was also clean and crisp. Absolutely delicious. This was my favorite of the whites (2140 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 6/19/2014: Medium yellow. No lack of freshness and musky citrus fruit, but it seemed a little soft for the vintage, and the wood definitely showed. Not great. (1768 views)
 Tasted by Marcyrillo on 6/6/2014 & rated 94 points: One of the best whites I've drunk in the last 12 months! Great acidity and balance, very elegant, and a looooooong persistence! Wow! (1004 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 4/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Popped and poured. Similar to previous. Lovely. (1545 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 4/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Light green gold. Airy nose of seashells, sea air with a touch of citrus (lemon). Quite intense on the attack on the palate and then softens nicely on the finish. This has excellent balance and should age well although quite drinkable now. Not as exotic as Clos or Bouguerots but very very good. (1384 views)
 Tasted by KVM on 4/1/2014: Med yellow. Finely detailed nose. Elegant and quite long. In good condition. (1593 views)
 Tasted by Rollerball on 3/29/2014 & rated 88 points: Inaugural Sanger Wine Challenge: Chateauneuf du Papes (Chez Sangers): Possibly starting its decline, still lively though. These are better younger. (1598 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 3/21/2014: nose - white flower, white peach
mouth - very clean, minerality, hints of pit fruit, nicely pure and elegant (1460 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/16/2014 flawed bottle: Bouchon... (1176 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 3/6/2014 & rated 93 points: A Whole Lotta Syrahs (and more) at the Girl and the Fig; 3/4/2014-3/6/2014 (The Girl and the Fig): What a pretty wine. Open and smoking from the get-go. The nose is, in fact, smoky. Also, with green apples. Not as taught as I was expecting, this has a nice slightly creamy texture with crisp green apples. It has a tight layered complexity going on. Seems to be in pretty good shape. With a bit of air, a slight chalk note, which I like, emerges on the finish. (1656 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 3/4/2014 & rated 94 points: Another brilliant bottle. 94+ (1285 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Les Preuses 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
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/13/2010)
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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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Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/17/2010)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses) Light yellow color; lovely lemon, lemon cream, mineral nose; tasty, poised, rich 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 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

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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