William Fèvre

William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Domaine 2015

December 2016

90+

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The “estate bottling” of Chablis villages from William Fèvre is even a step up from the very lovely Champs Royaux in 2015. The bouquet is deeper and more refined, wafting from the glass in a mélange of lime, green apple, a touch of oyster shell, chalky soil and fruit blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a good core, fine focus and impressive length and grip on the vibrant and nascently complex finish. This is really a serious example of AC Chablis this year!

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte Bouguerots" Domaine 2015

December 2016

95+

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Given how superb the 2015 “regular” Bougros is this year from Domaine Fèvre, I have very high expectations for the Côte de Bouguerots and they were not disappointed! The bouquet is deep, complex and very refined, delivering a fine constellation of green apple, pear, lime, crystalline, chalky minerality, spring flowers and a bit of flintiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is very pure, full-bodied and utterly svelte in profile, with a rock solid core, great cut and grip and outstanding focus on the long, pure and seamlessly balanced finish.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Domaine 2015

December 2016

94+

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The vineyard of Bougros can often produce a more forward grand cru, but the 2015 from Domaine William Fèvre has plenty of cut and grip to go along with its beautiful fruit tones. The wine wafts from the glass in a classy mix of golden delicious apples, pears, lemon, a hint of the acacia blossoms to come, chalky minerality and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with a great core, fine mineral drive and a very long, vibrant and racy finish.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine 2015

December 2016

96+

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Due to the hail damage in the domaine’s smaller parcel in this vineyard, overall yields were only thirty-five hectoliters per hectare in 2015, but the wine has turned out utterly brilliant and is the best of the range this year at Domaine William Fèvre. The bouquet is very pure and nascently complex, delivering a magical blend of apple, pear, flinty minerality, white flowers, wet stones and a youthful topnote of citrus peel.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine 2015

December 2016

95

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The 2015 les Preuses from Domaine Fèvre is also a great wine in the making and it will be fun to compare its evolution over the coming decades to that of the Valmur. The wine is gorgeously complex on both the nose and palate out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blend of apple, par, beeswax, chalky minerality, a touch of tangerine and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and very mineral in profile, with a superb core, laser-like focus and a very, very long and racy finish. Classic juice.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Valmur Domaine 2015

December 2016

95

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The 2015 Valmur from Didier Séguier is utterly classic in profile and one of the most reserved and racy wines in the cellar this year. The top flight bouquet delivers a fine array of pear, beeswax, just a touch of tangerine, chalky minerality, white flowers and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and impeccably balanced, with a fine sense of reserve, a rock solid core, lovely soil signature and superb backend cut and grip on the very long and minerally finish. This will need some time to blossom, but will be one of the wines of the vintage.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Domaine 2015

December 2016

94+

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The 2015 Chablis “Vaudésir” from Domaine William Fèvre is another lovely bottle, with a touch of exotica on the nose this year, but an utterly classic palate impression. The bouquet delivers a constellation of pear, lime, a touch of passion fruit, chalky minerality and apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely purity on the attack, bright acids and fine backend mineral drive on the long and racy finish. Fine, fine juice.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2015

December 2016

92

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The 2015 Fourchaume from Domaine William Fèvre is flat out delicious, jumping from the glass in a vibrant blend of pear, apple, chalky soil tones, lime blossoms and just a whisper of pastry cream in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and generous on the attack, with a fine core, very good focus and grip and very impressive backend mineral drive and lift on the long finish.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre Domaine 2015

December 2016

94

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The 2015 Montée de Tonnerre chez Fèvre is absolutely stellar and it is a pity there will not be a customary quantity to go around to a thirsty world this year! The wine has cut, grip and an electric personality that is very rare in this vintage, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of lime, apple, a touch of tangerine, crystalline minerality and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and driven by a blade of minerality, with a rock solid core, laser-like focus and great grip on the very long, vibrant finish. Great juice.

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William Fèvre | Burgundy, France

Chablis Premier Cru Montmains Domaine 2015

December 2016

92+

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The 2015 Montmains had only been assembled on the day prior to my visit to the domaine, but was still showing beautifully. The bouquet is quite minerally in profile (particularly for a 2015), wafting from the glass in a mix of apple, pear, white flowers, a touch of anise, complex minerality and white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite racy, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip and a long, vibrant and complex finish. This is really good.

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