William Fevre Petit Chablis 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.
Petit Chablis helps us to take a first step into the world of fine Chablis. William Fevre emanates fruity and floral bouquets that are marked by distinct mineral notes and great freshness. Hazelnut aromas, expressions of hay and of autumn, cheeky nuances of seaweed and bark, there is magic in the wine's ability to mate the disparate elements into a union which represents a character of its own. The flavours flow freely onto the palate, a wine of marvelous clarity and long dry fruit, depth and purity. Satiating flavours of flint and of minerals, flowers and pears, lean and crisp, decent fruit, spice and honey in a light bodied and lively wine, inimitably suited to the best seafood, especially oysters.
There is ample Chablis character to the restrained nose that consists of green apple and floral scents. The delicious, punchy and well-delineated flavors possess plenty of minerality that really comes up on the saline-inflected, dry and focused finale. This should drink well young but reward a few years of cellaring as well if desired. Rating: 87 Points; Drink: 2017+ Allen Meadows; Burghound
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