Visiting Domaine William Fèvre

Chablis, Burgundy, France

Tasted September 6, 2012 by Antti with 156 views

Introduction

We had a nice afternoon visit and tasting of 2010s with Alain Marcuello of Domaine William Fèvre. The domaine is among the best known ones in the area and also the largest owner of the Grand Crus. Started off with a basic Chablis, then tasted 4 PCs and 4 GCs. Overall I have to say that 2010 seems to be a fantastic vintage for the area and also a success for Fèvre. All the wines were showing at least good potential and terroir signature.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Premier Cru climat on the left bank, northwest of the town. Cool vineyard showing, restricted profile, citrus, florality and minerals. Lively and acidic though. Quite light.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Less well known climat, eastern part of the better-known Vaillons PC. Slope facing east too, placed directly west of the town. Quite similar to Beauroy as this is also a cool profile Chablis. Rather light, citrusy, floral and mineral. Gentle and not that acidic, but a nice wine for early-drinking (unlike some other 2010s).
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Moving to the right bank - compared to Beauroy and Les Lys, this is obviously from a warmer climat. Much more aromatic, giving and expressive on the nose, with warmer fruits. Already quite approachable, round and powerful on the palate, with proper acidity. Nice.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
From the southernmost part of the Fourchaume PC, next to the Grand Cru Les Preuses. Compared to the general Fourchaume bottling, this is more serious and also harder to approach at this age. Powerful, mineral, citrusy with stone fruits. A bit more closed at this stage though. On the palate very well structured, concentrated and long. The quality is evident, I'd actually prefer this to several Fevre GCs. Highly recommended, but will only show true potential after several years.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
From a flatter parcel on top of the Bougros GC. Quite rich and warm, stone fruits. Round and quite big on the palate, not as structured as I expected. Feels even a bit lazy in the mouth. In my opinion, this is not quite in the class of other Fevre GCs.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
From a very steep part of the Bougros terrain, southern exposure. More serious, firm, complex and mineral than the other Bougros bottling. Powerful and very structured in the mouth. Long. One of the fellow tasters described the structure of this as an iron cage in the mouth. Very fine. For long keeping.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
First thing to note is the charming wall of aromas, ripe orchard fruits and an array of spices and minerality, I found myself just swirling and nosing this for a while, simply for enjoyment. On the palate this is well structured and balanced, but somehow manages to feel surprisingly ready already (especially when compared to Les Clos). If you wish to try one of Fevres 2010 GC's right now, I'd recommend Preuses. It's in a beautiful stage and it's probably not very suitable for long-term cellaring.
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2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
At this moment this is almost completely closed, whereas most of the other Fevre 2010s are at least a little approachable. Others have said that the nose opens after some decanting but sadly there wasn't a possibility for that this time. Very powerful, concentrated and structured. Could well emerge as a beauty as time passes, I'd like to taste again from 2018 onwards.