2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1154338 94-96 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (8/ 2013)

93-96 points 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.  (9/ 2013)

93-95 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

93-94 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.