The success that Chablis has enjoyed over the centuries is due in no small part to the extreme variations of temperature over the vineyards. Also critical to their distinct character is the marriage between Chardonnay and local terroir. A matrimony of rich fruit and effulgent minerality, the wines express themselves in four appellations, Petit Chablis being the tiniest at 650 hectares. Grapes are handpicked and put in small crates, the bunches are rigorously sorted out, pressings are short, the must carefully settled, and a fine balance is established according to the vintage for the balance of vinification between vat and cask. The proportion of new oak is kept at a minimum to avoid dampening the subtle variations of terroir
William Fèvre came from a long line of great winemakers. William founded the Domaine de la Maladière and announced his first harvest in 1959. For many years William Fèvre keenly worked each plot to make superb wines with a generous personality reflecting the superiority of site and soil. In 1998 the venerable Henriot of Champagne acquired the estate. Today, Domaine William Fèvre releases a wide range of indisputably fine Chablis, highly prized for their expression of the most subtle variations within the grand Cru of Chablis
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.
An expressive nose offers good Chablis typicity with its aromas of apple, citrus, iodine and hints of mineral reduction. The racy, intense and nicely detailed middle weight flavors also possess a lovely salinity that really comes up on the refreshing and sneaky long finish. This energetic effort could be enjoyed immediately or held for a few years to develop better depth. Drinl: 2021+; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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