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Fevre Chablis 2011: World Beating Chablis

 

Top critic Allen Meadows, commonly known as ‘The Burghound’, is not easily impressed: wines with scores of 85-87 are often labelled ‘recommended’ or ‘great value’ or even ‘don’t miss’; it’s a given, therefore, that his high-scoring wines are extremely serious bottles. When the ratings for William Fevre’s 2011 Chablis 1er and Grand Crus came out, there was a collective sharp intake of breath.

Now we knew these wines were good – we tasted them ourselves, and across the board the 2011 vintage in Chablis is of very high quality, with both immediate drinking appeal and the acidity and minerality to last 5-10 years or more. In the case of Fevre 2011s though, the scores, for the price, are staggering. For example, the 1er Cru Vaulorent, the closest 1er Cru to the Grand Cru vineyards immediately north of Preuses, weighs in at 92-94pts at just £330/doz. The Daddy of the range is the legendary Grand Cru Les Clos, which stacks up an impressive 93-96pts and receives a ‘Don’t Miss!’ from Mr Meadows; however in our view, perhaps the best value lies in the Grand Cru Preuses which scores 94-96pts in return for just £465/doz. That’s a potential Meadows 96pt wine for under £40 per bottle IB – astonishing value for money.

These are wines possessed of immense purity and clarity of expression and, when coupled with the well documented low yields of the 2012 and 2013 vintages, I would suggest buying several vintages’ worth for drinking over the next 2-10 years...

 

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Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Vaulorent - Fevre, Williambtls IB 0 11 $ 46 btls 93 Add

“From a huge 3.63 ha parcel out of only 17 ha and most of it is hard by Les Preuses. Séguier calls this their "baby grand cru" as specific barrels are selected for vine age, concentration and power. This is quite aromatically similar to the Fourchaume though here there is also a discreet hint of sulfur and the wood is all but invisible. There is fine concentration to the powerful, suave and intensely stony flavors that possess superb finishing complexity on the balanced, clean, very dry and energetic finish. As is often the case, this delivers grand cru quality.”

92-94 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Vaudesir - Fevre, Williambtls IB 7 10 $ 781 cs 93 Add

“From two separate parcels of vines, the larger of which is in the heart of the "amphitheater" from which the finest examples of Vaudésir originate. This is noticeably riper than the Bougros with hints of exotic yellow fruit along with hints of spice and mineral reduction. Here too there is impressive size and weight to the solidly well-concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess an opulent mid-palate before ending in a mineral-driven and intensely saline-infused finish that just goes on and on.”

92-94 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Bougros Cotes de Bouguerots - Fevre, Williambtls IB 30 5 $ 781 cs 93-96 (AM) Add

“From a 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. This is also completely classic and even more aromatically complex with a plethora of sea shore nuances to the cool green fruit scents. On the palate this is dense, powerful and quite serious with brooding flavors that brim with dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the intensely mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This is the biggest wine in the range yet impeccably well-balanced and if not exactly refined, then certainly not rustic either. A 'wow' wine.”

93-96 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Valmur - Fevre, Williambtls DP 0 7 $ 66 btls 93-95 (AM) Add
White 2011 Chablis Valmur - Fevre, Williambtls IB 30 3 $ 790 cs 93-95 (AM) Add

“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. This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its ripe yet cool, airy and refined nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and iodine. There is positively gorgeous intensity and laser-like precision to the rich but wonderfully vibrant flavors that display moderate austerity on the focused and remarkably persistent finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and refinement.”

93-95 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Preuses - Fevre, Williambtls IB 13 0 $ 781 cs 94-96 (AM) Add

“If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning.”

94-96 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
White 2011 Chablis Les Clos - Fevre, Williambtls DP 0 11 $ 74 btls 93-96 (AM) Add
White 2011 Chablis Les Clos - Fevre, Williambtls IB 6 6 $ 890 cs 93-96 (AM) Add

Don't miss! From 4 separate parcels totaling 4.11 ha, 3 of which are all at the top of the slope. This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents.The large-scaled flavours are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort possesses exquisite balance and the tightly wound flavors are going to need at least a decade to completely bloom. A knock out.”

93-96 pts Allen Meadows, burghound.com

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