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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 14 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardBougros
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine W. Fevre Chablis Bougros on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SimonPh on 3/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Wonderful Chablis, drinking at its best. Developing richness, but still crisp clean stone fruit flavours. (287 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 1/20/2015 & rated 91 points: By the glass at the BA lounge.
Good surprise to come across this and have to say it did not dissapoint. Still feels young and fresh and the oak needs to be assimilated a bit better. Good acidity, mineral backbone, green lemons. Could use some more evolution of the fruit but still a pretty good show. Fresh and vibrant. 91 (735 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 1/19/2015 & rated 91 points: I opened this tonight because I had first opened another premoxed '08. This bottle was perfect, although still on the young side. Rich green fruit, some baking spice, oyster shell and firm minerality, all supported by a bracing, acidic spine. Quite delicious now but leaves me with the dilemma of drinking it young or risking waiting for it to mature and risking premox. (488 views)
 Tasted by Lessthanzero on 8/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Coming well together. Acidity, salinity and some well integrated fruited. Tropical and citrus. (951 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 7/14/2014 & rated 92 points: At first I thought this was perhaps lacking in depth for Grand Cru Chablis, but after a couple of hours, this really fleshed out and is drinking beautifully today with rich stone fruit, some subtle tropical undertones with hints of anise and nutmeg creeping around in the background, firm minerality, some salinity and a bright acidic core on the long finish. (854 views)
 Tasted by Oskiwawa on 4/5/2014 & rated 88 points: Airplane and Airport Lounge Wines BA FC Heathrow

Could be that this one just needs a bit more time to round out but now it does not rock my boat. Came across a bit alcoholic. Nice texture, minerality with lemon and a bit of talc. Given time this could integrate and improve (1116 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 3/3/2014 & rated 91 points: Just beginning to round out, and everything is in good shape. Minerality dominates the nose and palate, not too weighty but very much in balance. A fine salinity emerges on the finish. No rush, in fact some more patience may well be rewarded. (963 views)
 Tasted by pifcho on 1/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Followed over two nights. A subtle wine which perhaps lacks grand cru concentration but has great weightlessness and is quite tasty in a subtle way. Mineral infused palate with lovely citrus notes. Quite long. Perhaps a touch hollow in the middle but could fill out with age. 91+ (999 views)
 Tasted by Cesar Riviere on 12/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Le Grand Tasting; 11/30/2012-12/1/2012 (Carrousel du Louvre, Paris): Fatter and fruitier than the Montmains, nice wine! (2443 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 3/25/2012 & rated 94 points: Fleshy and Marilyn like but still unevolved - surprisingly good (1652 views)
 Tasted by godx on 7/7/2011 & rated 90 points: France 2011 - Chablis; 7/6/2011-7/7/2011 (Chablis): Tasted at the Domaine. Stone and yellow fruit nose with great intensity on the palate and a weightier mouth feel. There are signs of the 80pct new oak that this sees but it's fairly well integrated and doesn't dominate the other flavours. Decant acid with a slightly austere finish that leaves notes of lime and minerality lingering for quite some time. Needs 3-5 years. Excellent. 90+ (2277 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 5/19/2011: blind. i guessed a corton because it had too much weight, although the nose said chablis. i wasn't all that enamored by this, but i'm gonna reserve the right to warm up to it in a couple of years. (1986 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Bougros Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Chablis 2009 and 2010 (Aug 2011)
(William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Bougros) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/12/2011)
(Dom William Fèvre, Bougros Chablis Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2010, Issue #30, The Fine 2009 Burgundy Vintage- Rather Heterogeneous
(Chablis “Bougros”- Domaine William Fèvre) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Bougros Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Bougros) Subscribe to see review text.
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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

Bougros

at weinlagen.info

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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