2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1237933 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Along with the Côte Bouguerots and Les Lys, this possesses the most elegant nose in the range with an ultra-pure mixture of green fruit, tidal pool, white flower, citrus rind and iodine hints. There is terrific intensity and delineation to the attractively textured and refined yet powerful flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the gorgeously long, balanced and Zen-like finale. The Vaudésir and Les Clos are both genuinely remarkable but there is another dimension present here. Once again it's worth pointing out that this is going to need plenty of cellaring. Another 'wow' wine.  (10/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Bright pale yellow. Elegant, refined aromas of yellow peach, lime leaf and white flowers. Densely packed and urgent, conveying outstanding intensity but no undue weight to its flavors of stone fruits, flowers and yeasty, iodiney oyster shell. Subtle treble notes of lime and mint lift the nose and palate. Wonderfully complex, silky, classy wine with a very long, seamless, subtly mounting finish. Séguier figures he'll like this wine best in 5 to 10 years but believes it will still be outstanding in 15.  (7/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses has a tightly wound and quite strict bouquet, a little backward and demanding more bottle age to really express itself. The palate is well balanced with a touch of spice on the entry, as you would expect from this vintage; it has a pleasant saline touch, moderate weight in the mouth and it gradually builds towards a harmonious, ginger-tinged finish. This has great potential, but it needs 3-4 years in bottle, whereas I feel that the Valmur is more immediate. My rendezvous with Didier Seguier, head winemaker at William Fevre, was at their tasting room in Chablis ville, opposite the Bistro de Grand Cru. As usual, we tasted through their comprehensive portfolio, first with the 2015s, of which all but the entry-level wines are still in tank on their lees and due for bottling next year. Then we broached the 2014s in bottle.  (8/2016)

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.8