2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"
From two parcels, one facing east that delivers freshness; one southwest with deeper soil, more clay, richness. Rich, fleshy, this is a mouthful of ripe apple, peach and mineral. It's refined, elegant, complex, harmonious and long. (BS)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning. Note that there was a bit of post-bottling SO2 present so if you're going to try one young in the name of Science, I would suggest that you decant it for a few minutes first.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow-green. Lovely pristine, high-pitched nose combines lemon, lime, white flowers, anise and white pepper. Juicy and nicely ripe, with terrific sappy intensity and grip to the tactile flavors of lime, grapefruit pith and flowers. The long, building finish displays terrific cut and tension. The 2012 version is larger-scaled and richer but this is every bit as penetrating. At 12.7% alcohol, it's nicely ripe but also very easy to drink. (ST)
Tightly wound and reticent, the Chablis Les Preuses is one of the least expressive wines in the range. Pear, white peach and floral nuances emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. Today the Preuses remains deeply marked by its intense minerality. Readers should plan on giving the Preuses at least a few years in bottle. Today the 2011 is vibrant and focused but not ready to show all of its cards. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2011 has a very refined bouquet with precise, tightly wound chalky aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is balanced but perhaps a little simple compared to its peers, touches of orange zest and apple peel with a precise but conservative finish. This is very backward, perhaps closed down at the moment, hence my parsimonious score, but the plus sign is there to indicate that I am sure it will blossom into something special. (NM)