William Fèvre is one of Chablis’ greatest wine domaines, developed by the eponymous William Fèvre between 1957 and his retirement in 1998 when he sold to the Champagne House Joseph Henriot. William Fèvre began with just 7 hectares and had soon increased this to 48ha, planting widely in the best of the 1ers and grands crus where the vineyards had fallen by the wayside. However the Fèvre penchant for new oak was not to everybody’s taste. Since the Henriot purchase the wines are made by the talented Didier Séguier who had previously been with the Bouchard team in Beaune. The domaine wines include 12 hectares of premier cru vineyards and no less than 16 hectares of grand crus. The whole crop of their domaine wines, straight Chablis included, is harvested by hand, the grands crus in small ‘cagettes’, with a sorting table back at the winery to ensure the quality of the raw material.
What The Critics Say
16.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding
"5-10% fermented and aged five to six months in old barrels, the rest in tank and aged therein for 10-12 months.
Light notes of citrus and cedar, more open and expressive than some. With the rounded texture of that oak-fermented portion determining the overall style though there is no oak flavour. Gentle and creamy but still very fresh on the longish finish. (JH)." Drink 2017 - 2022
88/100 Burghound, Allen Meadows
"This is also moderately fruity though quite fresh with a bit more evident Chablis typicity. There is once again a fine sense of energy to the delicious, round and lightly stony middle weight flavors that possess a succulent mouth feel, all wrapped in a saline, moderately dry and persistent finish." Drink 2018+
88/100 and recommended, Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"The 2015 Chablis (Domaine) comes from 48 hectares of Fevre's own vines located close to Premier and Grand Crus, the average age of vine is 40 years and the grapes are picked by hand. The nose is a little closed at first with hints of caramelized pear and a touch of white peach. The palate is clean and fresh, tightly wound and steely at the moment, with respectable salinity for a 2015. There is impressive definition and mineralité on the finish, considering this is a Village Cru. This comes recommended."
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