2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)
Wonderful herbal tea characters with a fresh, tense palate and a citrus finish. From a blend of different terroirs in the grand cru giving a wine of great finesse.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An ultra-fresh, cool and admirably pure nose features notes of white flowers, shellfish, pear, mineral reduction and pungent iodine nuances. There is outstanding volume and intensity to the medium weight plus flavors that deliver beautifully focused power on the palate coating, mineral-driven and hugely persistent finale. Once again if tasted blind it would be all but impossible not to identify this as Chablis and a first-rate example at that!
Pale green color. Crushed-stone minerality dominates lemon and lime leaf on the nose. Very dry, lemony, saline wine with terrific energy but much more closed today than the Lys and showing less early personality. The penetrating lemon, ginger and crushed stone flavors carry through on a long, bracing yet subtle aftertaste, with a note of underripe pineapple emerging late. The most austere 2014 to this point, and in need of extended cellaring. Séguier says that this wine has acidity around 4.5 grams per liter, with a low pH between 3.1 and 3.15. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a clean and fresh, quite vibrant nose, which to be honest puts the Fourchaume in its place. The palate is well balanced, quite steely and rather laconic towards the finish, where I am seeking a little more terroir expression. I think that will develop with continued bottle age. At the moment, it seems to have entered a slight dumb phase, but it should pull out of that. 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. . (NM)