William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2014
One of the greatest domaines in Chablis founded by William Fevre in 1957 and its vineyard holdings include 12 hectares of premier cru and 16 hectares of grand Cru vines. The domaines fruit is harvested by hand, a rarity in Chablis, and rigorously sorted at the winery to ensure the highest quality. In recent times the amount of new oak used has been cut back and today the average age of the barrels in the cellar is five years. From the Petit Chablis to the domaines six Grand Cru wines, the quality is superb and the range from Domaine William Fevre is a benchmark for the wines of the region.
Like the Les Lys, the nose is dominated by airy and cool floral and white fruit elements that display top notes of citrus and iodine. The medium-bodied flavors are a combination of power and refinement as they too coat the mouth while delivering an abundance of minerality on the impeccably well-balanced finale. Rating: 91-93 Points; Issue #60; Tasted: Oct 2015; Drink: 2020+; Sweet Spot; Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume is located in Vaulorent, eight parcels that are selected for two different bottlings, the other labeled "Vaulorent" (see separate note). The nose is backward and sultry, clearly not wishing to come out and play like the other Premier Crus. The palate is fresh and mineral on the entry with just a touch of bitter lemon. It is nicely balanced, perhaps not quite as long as the Chablis Vaulorent, but lingers nicely in the mouth. Rating: 89-91 Points; Drink: 2016-2026; Tasted: Aug 2015; Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #220
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