2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1050028 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Chablis Preuses – reflecting the nearly one-quarter of this site (in two parcels) that Fevre owns – immediately forces the taster into a crustacean vocabulary, with the mineral, saline, sweet, and seductively savory character of scallops and lobster shell reduction coming to mind. A superb creaminess and uncanny sense of underlying density combines with levity and subtly citric refreshment – imagine a rich, creamy shellfish stock whipped to a froth – while wafting iris perfume and the wine’s sheer extract combine for a sense of sugar-free sweetness in a soothing, sensationally long and distinctive finish. Lucky are those who can follow a few bottles of this for the next dozen or more years. (DS)  (12/2009)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 A bright, steely wine with great concentration and a tight, mineral character. This is impressive Grand Cru Chablis for the long term, based for the moment on lime, almonds and green plums, but itching to broaden out. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (7/2010)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 I hadn't tried this since my last review in Issue 36 and I clearly caught it at the wrong time as it is quite shut down at present. The intensity, purity and pronounced Chablis character are all present in abundance, in particular on the intensely mineral-driven and strikingly precise flavors that culminate in an overtly austere, bone dry and wonderfully persistent finish. I have reduced my score slightly though I remain optimistic that a few more years of cellar time will eventually produce something as spectacular as what I originally saw. Stay tuned.  (8/2012)

94 points Vinous

 Bright, pale yellow-green. Knockout nose combines lime, metallic minerality and powdered stone. Wonderfully concentrated Preuses, offering a compelling combination of bracing citrus and mineral flavors and outstanding richness (the former coming from the southeast-facing vines and the latter from those facing west, notes director Stephane Follin-Arbelet). Wonderfully pure wine, finishing with outstanding cut, lift and length. (ST)  (7/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and concentrated, lending a roundness to the profile with peach, lemon and vanilla flavors. There's nice harmony and length, with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2011 through 2018. (BS)  (10/2009)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.