2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1107586 97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pure, cool, airy and exceptionally stylish nose of mineral reduction, green fruit, citrus zest, iodine and shellfish slides gracefully into rich, round and brilliantly well-delineated medium-bodied flavors that possess a silky mouth feel and an explosively long and bone dry finish. This impeccably poised, brilliantly concentrated yet understated effort is a textbook example of Les Preuses with its Zen-like harmony and sheer class. Along with the Les Clos, this is arguably one of the very best wines of the vintage.  (9/2012)

97 points Vinous

 The 2010 Chablis Les Preuses combines the minerality of Valmur and the fruit of Bouguerots in a style that is immensely appealing. The wine's balance is utterly impeccable throughout. This is one of those effortless, gracious wines that is easy to underestimate because the elements are so seamlessly woven together that nothing in particular stands out. I am blown away by the sheer balance, purity and harmony of what is in the glass. This is a great showing from Fevre and Didier Seguir. (AG)  (12/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale lemon-yellow color. Knockout nose melds pineapple, white peach, lemon oil, wild herbs, flowers and cut hay, plus a whiff of menthol. Wonderfully silky, dense and pure, with subtle sweetness cut by brilliant acidity. Utterly electric Chablis: saline, tactile and palate-saturating from start to resounding finish. I'd forget this one in the cellar: it may eventually merit an even higher rating. In 2010 and 2011, this wine challenges Vincent Dauvissat's supernal Preuses. (ST)  (7/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted alongside the corresponding 2012 and 2011, Fevre’s 2010 Chablis Les Preuses accentuates both the sweet-saline savor of scallop and the briny, nutty, oyster liqueur and seaweed that are also part and parcel of the subsequent renditions, resulting in an experience that taps the imagination and salivary glands with equal urgency. Struck flint smokiness and fusil notes lend persistent pungency and bittersweet floral perfume further allure, while fresh citrus serves for luscious refreshment. This finishes with superb complexity and much of the mystery and clarity found in the 2012. When one considers the contrast between baked-in concentration of a torrid mid-August in 2012 and the cool but desiccating north wind of September 2010, I wonder that the two wines are not even more strikingly different. But perhaps the contribution of the site itself is, after all, definitive. (DS)  (8/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Intense if not expressive on the nose, a little herbal and stony. Very creamy texture but in balance with the freshness. Clear, determined citrus streak along with the classic mineral core, though the oak softens the minerality. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (1/2012)

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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.