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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 8 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine William Fèvre (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardLes Preuses
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2026 (based on 13 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 92.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 9/6/2014 & rated 90 points: I fell in love with the 2004 Fevre's and haven't found the same magic in subsequent vintages. Perhaps these (and the other Fevre's in my cellar) that just need to sleep a bit longer. (289 views)
 Tasted by wilypod on 8/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Initially, soft spoken and not expressing the classic tightness of Grand Cru Chablis. After an hour in the glass the texture firmed up and an array of lemon, citrus, and mineral scents and flavors emerged into quite a big and complete wine. Great Chablis, like this, is a far cry from Chardonnay's expression everywhere else outside of Northern France. (274 views)
 Tasted by MatthewF on 8/23/2013 flawed bottle: Corked. (2534 views)
 Tasted by Lessthanzero on 6/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Very precise. no baby fat. A little hesitant on the nose, but overall rocks and minerals and some citrus fruits. A pure joy. (2231 views)
 Tasted by Cesar Riviere on 11/30/2012 & rated 94 points: Le Grand Tasting; 11/30/2012-12/1/2012 (Carrousel du Louvre, Paris): Great structure, fat but light, and rich, this is a great Chablis! (3849 views)
 Tasted by paolonardi on 11/28/2012: Chablis: flinty! sembra davvero di bere roccia polverizzata. (2110 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 8/27/2011 & rated 93 points: Floral nose--heady with a fruity mid-palate; very fine chalky character with great intensity; tart tropical notes and minerals in the finish. Very good. Tasted at the Domaine. (2699 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 8/6/2011 & rated 92 points: 2009 Domaine Fevre Chablis (and a couple '08s) (Vin Vino Wine, Palo Alto, California): Light yellow color; ripe pear, poached pear, cream, lemon cream nose; tight, ripe pear, lemon cream, acacia, mineral palate; needs 5-plus years; medium-plus finish (2172 views)
 Tasted by Bisty on 7/31/2011 & rated 92 points: Very balanced and a good mix of fruit, minerals and light oak but less developed and more closed than other 2009 GC´s. (2578 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 7/18/2011: Excellent Chablis. A bit fatter than expected (2009 vintage is big) with vibrant acidity and minerality on the finish. I'd buy the 2008 over this despite its greatness. (2547 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis - Les Preuses Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Chablis 2009 and 2010 (Aug 2011)
(William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2011, Issue #157
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/12/2011)
(Dom William Fèvre, Les Preuses 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 “Les Preuses”- Domaine William Fèvre) Login and sign up and see review text.
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
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2010, Issue #151
(Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/6/2011)
(Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses) Light yellow color; ripe pear, poached pear, cream, lemon cream nose; tight, ripe pear, lemon cream, acacia, mineral palate; needs 5-plus years; 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 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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