2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from two parcels of vines that total 2.55 ha, or 22% of the entire appellation). This is arguably the most elegant wine in the range with its ultra-pure aromas of quinine, oyster shell, mineral reduction and floral elements. There is a caressing, even seductive mouth feel to the beautifully well-delineated and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess an almost delicate quality before culminating in an almost startlingly explosive finish that just goes on and on. This bone dry effort is an exercise in harmony and grace, or otherwise expressed, a classic Preuses.
Vibrant and totally alive in the glass, the 2012 Chablis Les Preuses beautifully expresses the qualities of the vintage and the two parcels Fevre owns in this hallowed site. The 2012 impresses for its remarkable balance of intense fruit, mineral cut and floral overtones, all of which meld together to form an impeccable, gracious wine of pure breed. Today, the Preuses is understandably quite tightly wound, but that just bodes well for the future.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pure, vibrant aromas of citrus pith, spring flowers and peppery spices. Quite silky and elegant on the palate; in a more feminine style than the Valmur or Bougros but bright and highly concentrated, with impeccably integrated acidity. This really blossoms on the tactile, very long finish, which dusts the palate with minerals, lemon and pepper.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted assembled a good half year before bottling, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Les Preuses beautifully exhibits the intrigue and allure inherent in this great site. Smoky black tea, mint, wild forest fungus, kelp and musk rise from the glass, to be joined on a silken yet bright palate by the saline-sweet, saliva-inducing savor of fresh scallop and the succulence of lime-laced white peach. This lingering beauty ought to prove memorably intriguing and delightful through at least 2022. As Seguier sees it, the parcel of Fevre’s Preuses located on the border with the Cote de Bouguerots serves for mineral character, while a strip that extends up into the heart of Preuses conveys its exotic animal (or shellfish) and fungal aspects.