2011 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). 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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow-green. Lemon, lime, grapefruit pith, white flowers and spices on the nose. Densely packed but quite elegant and subtle, with a seamless texture and excellent acidity giving the mid-palate an impression of energy and lift. Really saturates the entire mouth without leaving any sense of weight. Finishes smooth and vivacious, with superb lift and aromatic persistence. A great vintage for this wine. Seguier believes that this was the best terroir in 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chablis Les Preuses covers every corner of the palate with beautifully delineated, vibrant fruit. Despite its obvious richness, the 2011 isn’t overt, but rather a wine that impresses for its overall balance and harmony. The Preuses was racked the week prior to my visit. I won’t be surprised if it comes in at the high end of my scoring range once it is bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.
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.