2017 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1424889 98 points James Suckling

 This is in stunning form in 2017, showcasing the kind of symphonic complexity of primary fruit and effortless power that makes it so revered. Limes and lemons, white and yellow peaches, some apples and shaved fennel, fresh chalk and fresh flowers, too. The palate has such seamless and unwavering linearity, driven by contained acidity that delivers a wake of fleshy, white-peach, lime and lemon-curd flavor. So long, seamless and fresh. This is an exceptional Clos. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

96 points Decanter

 No one can rival William Fèvre's 4.12ha of holdings in Chablis' most prestigious grand cru, much of it from old vines. The wine is leesy, waxy and complete, showing understated wood, layers of citrus and umami, and the power and backbone to age in bottle. (TA)  (7/2018)

96 points John Gilman

 The Domaine Fèvre les Clos is another brilliant 2017 grand cru. The bouquet is utterly refined and classically complex, offering up scents of green apple, tart orange, lemon, complex, flinty minerality, white flowers and incipient notes of paraffin in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, rock solid at the core and utterly suave in profile, with excellent, racy acids, superb focus and grip and a very long, very pure and complex finish. Great juice.  (12/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Just bottled, the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is showing well, unwinding in the glass with a pure and charming bouquet of ripe citrus fruits, crisp yellow apples, beeswax and spring flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny-textured, with an enveloping core of fruit, ripe but succulent acids and a long, precise and delicately chalky finish. While this is naturally a little shut down after its recent mise en bouteille, this is a charming, nicely defined vintage of Les Clos that will offer a broad drinking window. (WK)  (4/2019)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is enough wood to merit mentioning on the decidedly cool and reserved nose that offers up plenty of floral elements along with those of citrus, iodine and oyster shell. The lavishly rich, muscular and overtly powerful flavors possess the hallmark minerality that carries over to the dense, citrusy and very dry finish. This beauty should age effortlessly. *Don't Miss!*  (10/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, from 4 hectares at the top of the hill, was harvested at around 23-24hl/ha. It has a very precise bouquet with oyster leaf, Granny Smith apples, wet granite and hints of almond that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of roundness on the entry that is counterbalanced by fine bead of acidity. There is wonderful salinity and a dash of spice on the finish. This is a Chablis that should give at least a decade's worth of drinking pleasure. (NM)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Though concentrated, this white feel effortless, gathering apple, peach, lemon and stone flavors. The finish persists, showing freshness and a squeeze of lemon. (BS)  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

94-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Pale and very light green. Enormously intense. 24 hl/ha. As always, the most complete and just when you congratulate yourself on how you have understood it, the wine kicks on to an amazing finish. Very complete. Just a point short of the greatest vintages but this has real class nonetheless and a sunlit finish." (01/2019)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.