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Fevre William Chablis les Preuses 2002

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William Fèvre was a tireless campaigner for Chablis, both within the region and worldwide. He was instrumental in the battle against the extension of the boundaries for the Chablis appellation, which he would have restricted to only those vineyards sited on the classic Kimmeridgian rocks of the region. Looking beyond France's borders, he fought hard for the restriction of the use of the word 'Chablis' to describe any wine which did not come from that region of France. This was a particular problem in the up and coming wine-producing countries of the New World, particularly the USA, where the term was used to help sales of any dry white wine, regardless of its lack of resemblance to true Chablis. William Fèvre, who also marketed wines as Domaine de la Maladière, put a similar amount of effort into the development of his domaine. He instigated practices to combat the famous frosts of the region, which play havoc with a vineyard's productivity. Quality was paramount, with hand-harvesting, careful selection and use of oak maturation (a contentious issue in Chablis) being the norm. The vast majority of Fèvre's wines were exported, and sold well, and this enabled him to invest further in the region. The domaine became the single largest owner of Grand Cru vineyard sites, with vines in every one bar Blanchots, together with a good number of Premier Cru holdings and many hectares of straight Chablis. It seems, however, that despite this dedication to the region, William Fèvre didn't wish to remain in Chablis for ever. In 1998 he sold the domaine to Henriot Champagne, who had control over other famous domaines in Burgundy such as Bouchard Père et Fils. From this vintage onwards the domaine has been run by the Bouchard winemaking team. It is my opinion - based on my tastings of the Fèvre wines since this change of ownership - that as a result quality has improved. Meanwhile, William Fèvre has escaped to pastures new, principally Chile, although he is involved in wine producing ventures across several continents. A pale lemon-gold wine, reflecting the cool climate. Very classic on the nose, which has lean mineral aromas. With time it develops richer notes, although appropriately these are mere nuances, of honeydew melon and butterscotch. Fresh acidity, medium body and a little grip on the palate, with restrained, stylish mineral fruits. As it warms in the glass it develops a more open, warm, flavoursome character on the palate

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2011

A Chardonnay wine from Burgundy in France. 2002 Fevre, Domaine William Chablis les Preuses Grand Cru 750ml



William Fèvre was a tireless campaigner for Chablis, both within the region and worldwide. He was instrumental in the battle against the extension of the boundaries for the Chablis appellation, which he would have restricted to only those vineyards sited on the classic Kimmeridgian rocks of the region. Looking beyond France's borders, he fought hard for the restriction of the use of the word 'Chablis' to describe any wine which did not come from that region of France. This was a particular problem in the up and coming wine-producing countries of the New World, particularly the USA, where the term was used to help sales of any dry white wine, regardless of its lack of resemblance to true Chablis. William Fèvre, who also marketed wines as Domaine de la Maladière, put a similar amount of effort into the development of his domaine. He instigated practices to combat the famous frosts of the region, which play havoc with a vineyard's productivity. Quality was paramount, with hand-harvesting, careful selection and use of oak maturation (a contentious issue in Chablis) being the norm. The vast majority of Fèvre's wines were exported, and sold well, and this enabled him to invest further in the region. The domaine became the single largest owner of Grand Cru vineyard sites, with vines in every one bar Blanchots, together with a good number of Premier Cru holdings and many hectares of straight Chablis. It seems, however, that despite this dedication to the region, William Fèvre didn't wish to remain in Chablis for ever. In 1998 he sold the domaine to Henriot Champagne, who had control over other famous domaines in Burgundy such as Bouchard Père et Fils. From this vintage onwards the domaine has been run by the Bouchard winemaking team. It is my opinion - based on my tastings of the Fèvre wines since this change of ownership - that as a result quality has improved. Meanwhile, William Fèvre has escaped to pastures new, principally Chile, although he is involved in wine producing ventures across several continents. A pale lemon-gold wine, reflecting the cool climate. Very classic on the nose, which has lean mineral aromas. With time it develops richer notes, although appropriately these are mere nuances, of honeydew melon and butterscotch. Fresh acidity, medium body and a little grip on the palate, with restrained, stylish mineral fruits. As it warms in the glass it develops a more open, warm, flavoursome character on the palate

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