2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis-Les Preuses Grand Cru
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from two parcels of vines that total 2.55 ha, or 22% of the entire appellation). 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.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Fevre 2011 Chablis Preuses deftly combines textural creaminess with lift, clarity and refreshment, and offers luscious white peach and fresh scallop suffused with maritime minerality and tinged with kelp and peach kernel. At once soothing and stimulating, not to mention mouthwatering, the finish here plumbs oceanic depths but brings you back to the surface thirsting for another sip (if not gulp). You should be able to derive memorable pleasure from this through 2018, but I would still favor its company over the next couple of years. (DS)
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)
In 2011 Fevre's Chablis Les Clos is graceful, light on its feet and quite pretty. There is lovely depth in the glass, even if the wine remains a bit ethereal within the context of both the vintage and Clos. Already relatively approachable, the 2011 is a wine to drink sooner rather than later, something that is only reinforced by the mid-weight structure. This is a pretty wine, but not as impressive as it was last year. (AG)
Opulent, stone fruit character with really tangy acid on the finish. Lively, characterful and quintessential for Chablis grand cru. Very chalky finish. 17/20 points.