Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Les Preuses is probably taken from the word “Perreuse” (stone), the name given to the ancient Roman road which ran below the current vineyard.
- Made for ageing thanks to a dense, compact, clay-rich soil resting on a limestone bed.
- Domaine William Fèvre owns 22% of the total appellation of Les Preuses, with a southwest exposure for the more northerly parcels and south/ southeast for the others.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Manual harvest in small cases to avoid compressing the grapes and bursting the berries. Use of the principle of gravity so as to avoid all pumping, which could harm the quality of the wine. Brief (1½ – 2 hours) pneumatic pressing to obtain a gentle separation of the solid and liquid parts of the grape. Very light static settling of the juice to preserve enough fine lees so that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations can occur naturally. The must is run into French oak barrels (aged of 6 years in average) for 50 to 60% of the harvest for 14 months, of which 5 to 6 months on fine lees, with the remainder vinified in small stainless steel vats.
Tasting Notes: Floral nose, with fruity aromas enhanced by intense mineral notes and developing lightly smoky touches. Very round on the palate, both full-bodied and refined.
2016 – 93 Vinous | 92-94 Wine Advocate
2017 – 94 Wine Advocate | 96 James Suckling | 97 Vinous
2018 – 92 Wine Spectator | 92-94 Vinous | 94 Wine Advocate
Founded in 1959, Domaine William Fèvre is at the very heart of the Chablis vineyards. Since its founding, Domaine William Fèvre has been taken up with the desire to produce indisputable genuine and fine wines, bringing along a very personal experience in Chardonnay. All the efforts have but one goal – to finely express the subtle most variations in the greatest Chablis crus. Today, Domaine William Fèvre is one of the most established and renowned estates in Chablis. The estate was acquired by the Henriot family in 1998. Practicing sustainable growing in its vineyards for nearly 10 years now, Domaine William Fèvre obtained, in 2015, the “High Environmental Value” (HVE) status, the highest level of environmental certification in France.