We are delighted to start the 2019 En Primeur campaign with the wines from William Fevre, one of the most renowned Chablis producers who boasts an impressive array of Premier and Grand Crus and as William Kelley of The Wine Advocate puts it truly “deserves all the accolades they’ve received for achieving such consistent quality on such an important scale.”

With April frosts and June showers followed by a heat wave, 2019 wasn’t an easy year for Burgundy, yet the region’s producers have once again demonstrated their excellent skills of adjusting to the increasingly unpredictable weather conditions. The result is a vintage that critics call highly successful, particularly in Chablis with Allen Meadows of Burghound admiring the wines from this area for “the often bone-dry finishes that flirt with austerity only serve to reinforce the underlying typicity and salinity.”

These descriptions are definitely true for William Fevre’s Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, the jewel in the vast portfolio of wines offered by this benchmark estate. The 2019 release received an impressive score of 93-96 points from Allen Meadows, who emphasised: “If Kimmeridgian could be distilled, it would likely smell exactly like the nose of the 2019 Les Clos with the additions of wet chalk, citrus zest and oyster shell. There is equally good delineation to the snappy, painfully intense and overtly stony large-bodied flavors that deliver superb length on the balanced finale.” It is available today at the release price of £505 per case of 6 IB and as always we expect the demand to far outweigh the supply so please do not hesitate to get in touch to secure your allocation right away.
At the same time we highly recommend William Fevre’s Domaine Chablis as a great every day drinking option which, according to Allen Meadows, shows an “impressive power for a villages level wine” and “is aromatically similar to the Champs Royaux with a slightly more pronounced mineral reduction character. There is however better density and intensity to the focused yet opulent medium-bodied flavors” receiving an excellent score of 89-91 points. 

William Fevre is now widely considered one of the best producers of Chablis, particularly of the Grand Cru level. Since 1998, when William Fevre was purchased by the Champagne house Joseph Henriot, the Domaine has pushed the envelope of world class Chardonnay by making large investments in the winemaking. The new ownership led to the employment of Didier Seguier, previously of Bouchard Pere et Fils and a move away from the use of new oak. Today Fevre focuses on promoting their exceptional terroir and the character of truly great Chablis.
Les Clos Grand Cru vineyard is planted on Kimmeridgian soil located between Valmur and Blanchot to the east, with a southern exposure that lends itself to more powerful wines, which typically display ripe flavours, boasting delightful stone fruits and powerful succulent orange peel and honey. Often more closed in youth, these are the wines made for long-term ageing which will show their best after a few years in the cellar.