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William Fèvre’s Glorious 2015s: Great Prices from a Chablis Master - 03/02/2018 - White Burgundy

William Fèvre is indisputably one of the most highly regarded estates in Chablis. Standing with such towering greats as Raveneau and Dauvissat, collectors far and wide clamor Fèvre’s wines in every vintage, but in a celebrated year like 2015, this demand climbs even higher. It came as little surprise, then, when our initial allocation of 2015s sold out in the matter of a few days. Thankfully, our Burgundy Buyer was able to secure another parcel, and at super sharp prices no less. The critics were thrilled with what winemaker Didier Séguier did with his 2015s, as he was able to capture the ripeness of the vintage, while maintaining the clarity and precision that’s so vital to a successful Chablis. The critical acclaim is not only unanimous, but is among the best Fèvre has ever received. Whether you are looking to re-stock or considering delving in for the first time, there is no question you are going to want (and love) these wines. The 2015s as a whole continue to fly off our shelves, so quick action will be needed to secure the bottles you want. These are wines that are sure to reward both the Burgundy collector and the casual drinker.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" 93 $39.99 View
2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" 92 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bouguerots" 97 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 95 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" 95 $79.99 View

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" ($39.99)

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "The premier cru Vaillons, from 50-year-old vines, was one of my favorites for its ripe elements of peach and apricot, but also flowers, finesse and underlying chalky feel." (01/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "Fascinating aromas of sea salt, fresh herbs and lime skin follow through to a medium to full body, juicy fruit and a tangy finish. Gun-metal undertones. Friendly. Drink now." (04/2017)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Vaillons from the domaine is a touch more fruit-driven in personality than the lovely Montmains this year, though still with a fine vein of chalkiness running from stern to aft. The bouquet delivers a lovely blend of pear, tangerine, chalky soil tones and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and really rock solid at the core, with impressively racy acidity, lovely focus and balance and a long, vibrant finish. 2016-2035+." (12/2016)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Notes of mineral reduction, floral and white pepper nuances introduce detailed, precise and vibrant flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel before terminating in a rich, zesty and sneaky long finale." (08/2016)

90 points Decanter: "Muted lemon nose. Rich and ripe, the palate is quite rounded and forward, showing supple fruit and a fine vein of acidity running through that reinforces the citric profile. Lightly mineral and saline on the finish. (SB)" (02/2017)

90 points Vinous: "Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe but slightly muted aromas of citrus fruits, white pepper, honey and oatmeal. Quite concentrated but comes across as a bit youthfully aggressive and dry following the set of 2016s here, offering flavors of grapefruit, lemon drop and minerals. Offers noteworthy inner-mouth tension and dusty minerality but this citrussy premier cru will need time to harmonize in bottle. Didier Séguier bottled the 2015 crus in December of 2016 and January of this year. (A second bottle of similar quality was a bit sweeter and more pliant in the middle palate. (ST)" (08/2017)

2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" ($44.99)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Fourchaume from Domaine William Fèvre is flat out delicious, jumping from the glass in a vibrant blend of pear, apple, chalky soil tones, lime blossoms and just a whisper of pastry cream in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and generous on the attack, with a fine core, very good focus and grip and very impressive backend mineral drive and lift on the long finish. 2016-2030." (12/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Fourchaume comes from eight parcels on marn soils within the lieu-dit of Vaulorent. It has a delightful bouquet with scents of fresh pear, a hint of marzipan; it is sweet and charming while retaining Chablis-like austerity and poise. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, well poised with a touch of salinity developing towards the harmonious finish. This is another excellent wine from William Fevre. (NM)" (08/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Medium yellow. Aromas of honey, spices and smoke. Opulent and thick but with lovely tension and smoky minerality too. This extract-rich wine has the power, if not the finesse, of a grand cru. Really saturates the mouth on the very long, saline back end. (ST)" (07/2016)

91 points Decanter: "Reticent lime nose with perfumed notes. The rich, sleek and concentrated palate demonstrates a lively acidity, with flavours of citrus and green apple. The taut body has ample grip and the finish has a mineral, grapefruity character that is lacking a little in opulence. A classic and somewhat severe Fourchaume. (SB)" (02/2017)

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bouguerots" ($69.99)

97 points Decanter: "From just over two hectares planted on the steepest part of the vineyard. Pungent yet elegant white peach nose displaying discreet power. Fine attack, precise and lifted, with ample fruit and a light touch. Silky and refined with a clear minerality on the finish. Not a flashy style, but tense and very long. (SB)" (01/2017)

95 points John Gilman: "Given how superb the 2015 'regular' Bougros is this year from Domaine Fèvre, I have very high expectations for the Côte de Bouguerots and they were not disappointed! The bouquet is deep, complex and very refined, delivering a fine constellation of green apple, pear, lime, crystalline, chalky minerality, spring flowers and a bit of flintiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is very pure, full-bodied and utterly svelte in profile, with a rock solid ore, great cut and grip and outstanding focus on the long, pure and seamlessly balanced finish. This is young and absolutely stunning! 95+" (11/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Subtle, discreet nose offers hints of citrus fruits, spices, white pepper and minerals. Then almost shockingly massive and powerful in the mouth, boasting bulletproof citrus and white peach flavors energized by harmonious acidity (but barely four grams per liter, according to Didier Séguier). More robust and masculine than the Preuses and drier and more bracing on the long finish, this sappy wine needs time to harmonize. But as with all of these 2015s, there's nothing hard about this grand cru. (ST) 94+" (08/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers apple, lemon and stone flavors, backed by a firm structure. Lean and taut, yet balanced, persisting through the long finish. (BS)" (09/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots was the standout wine when I tasted the range of William Fevre from barrel. Now in bottle, the nose has closed down, but there remains a brooding intensity here and superb mineralité. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of orange zest and quince on the entry. There is a keen line of acidity here and quite a powerful finish that lingers long in the mouth. Give this three or four years in bottle and it should offer another ten years of drinking pleasure. (NM)" (08/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a 2.2 ha parcel at the bottom section of the vineyard; even so, the vineyard is so steep here that it must be worked entirely by hand as tractors would be dangerous to use). A reserved but ripe nose features white fruit and floral notes that are set off by deft touches of classic Chablis character and wood. There is both good richness and power to the concentrated, vibrant and mineral-driven medium plus weight flavors that also possess ample amounts of dry extract that confer a textured feel to the impressively intense and mouth coating finish. This too is really quite good." (10/2017)

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" ($79.99)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2015 les Preuses from Domaine Fèvre is also a great wine in the making and it will be fun to compare its evolution over the coming decades to that of the Valmur. The wine is gorgeously complex on both the nose and palate out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blend of apple, par, beeswax, chalky minerality, a touch of tangerine and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and very mineral in profile, with a superb core, laser-like focus and a very, very long and racy finish. Classic juice. 2020-2050." (12/2016)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Les Preuses delivers energy and concentration, lemon, apple and white flowers, with a fresh, resonant finish." (01/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Pale, bright yellow. More feminine on the nose than the Valmur, offering aromas of citrus fruits, pear and white flowers plus a soupçon of oak spice. Very silky, seamless and refined but also shows terrific intensity and floral lift. Harmonious acidity leavens the density of this wine, giving it an almost weightless impression in the mouth. Perfectly integrated and balanced from the start. The impressively long, rising finish features piquant notes of citrus peel, minerals and flowers. I'd give this fine-grained beauty a good five years in the cellar before pulling the cork. (ST)" (08/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is a subtle but not invisible application of wood setting off the more elegant aromas of green fruit, almond, citrus, floral, spice and quinine. The super-intense, delineated and vibrant middle weight plus flavors possess both good richness but also the hallmark refinement of a fine Preuses, all wrapped in a more complex and sneaky long finish. Lovely." (10/2017)

92 points Decanter: "Ripe pear nose with a light toastiness. Broad and supple, it is juicier than the other grand crus, and perhaps a bit softer too. There is underlying salinity and minerality, but it is very subdued at present. Rich, nutty and complex, it perhaps lacks a little energy and drive. (SB)" (02/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses has a backward bouquet and only reluctantly reveals those traits of orange blossom and granite that it showed out of barrel. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, gently building in the mouth with a vein of nutmeg and white pepper toward the harmonious and elegant finish, with a hint of licorice on the aftertaste. Enjoy this over the next 10 to 12 years. (NM)" (08/2017)

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" ($79.99)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Valmur from Didier Séguier is utterly classic in profile and one of the most reserved and racy wines in the cellar this year. The top flight bouquet delivers a fine array of pear, beeswax, just a touch of tangerine, chalky minerality, white flowers and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and impeccably balanced, with a fine sense of reserve, a rock solid core, lovely soil signature and superb backend cut and grip on the very long and minerally finish. This will need some time to blossom, but will be one of the wines of the vintage. 2020-2050." (12/2016)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "At the grand cru level, the Valmur shows well, a mix of power and finesse, with apple and lemon flavors, intensity and fine length." (01/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Very pale yellow-green. Pungent scents of lime, flint and white pepper, plus hints of spicy oak, baked bread and butter that suggest a rounder style of wine than the Vaudésir. Indeed, this Valmur is large-scaled, broad, silky and full, with just enough acidity to maintain its shape. Still hiding more than it's showing, though, and in need of aging in spite of its early sucrosité and lack of rough edges. Finishes long, with menthol and spice notes. (ST) 93+" (08/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a parcel of vines that is close to Vaudésir and extends all the way from Grenouilles to the tree line at the top of the hill). A ripe and attractively fresh nose combines notes of pear, white peach, sea shell, iodine and wood nuances. There is exceptional richness to the almost viscous and powerful broad-shouldered flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that also serves to buffer the relatively firm acid spine on the austere and serious finale that, somewhat curiously, simultaneously exhibits a touch of sweetness. Once again, this should age well over the mid-term but also be accessible young." (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has a very attractive bouquet with hints of praline, white chocolate and yellow flowers and is very expressive and seductive. The palate is very well balanced with a subtle marine influence on the entry. It is harmonious with white peach and a touch of lychee on the fresh and poised finish. This delicious grand cru could actually be broached now, although it will give at least a decade's drinking pleasure. (NM)" (08/2017)