In a nutshell: An outstanding Chablis from one of the region's finest producers.
The lowdown: Care and attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of William Fèvre and it certainly shows in their 'Domaine' Chablis. All the fruit for this wine is hand-harvested and lightly pressed to maximize freshness. A very small proportion, about 5-10%, of the wine is vinified and aged in French oak barrels which gives the characteristic Fèvre hint of creaminess to the finished wine. It has aromas of citrus fruits and green apple leading on to a dry, supple palate with vibrant fruit, mineral flavours and a fresh, clean acidity.
When to drink: An elegant yardstick by which a lot of other Chablis is measured. Chicken, creamy pasta and fish dishes are good pairings here.
Situated in the heart of the town of Chablis William Fèvre is one of the appellation's great domaines. It was devleoped by William Fèvre himself in 1957 and between then and 1998, when he retired and sold the business to Champagne house Joseph Henriot he acquired some of the best 1er and grand cru vineyards in the appellation.
They are now one of the biggest land owners in Chablis with 78 hectares of prestigious vineyards, of which 16 are Premier cru and 15 Grand cru. With holdings in six of the seven Grand cru appellations, no other producer can claim such a wide
array of Chablis' finest vineyards. The vineyards are carefully managed to preserve their quality. Yields are always limited, and the vines have been cultivated using organic methods for many years. The domaine harvests by hand placing the grapes
into small crates. This is followed by careful sorting and close attention to detail is paid to every stage of the process. Domaine William Fèvre has practised sustainable growing in its vineyards for nearly ten years. Joseph Henriot took over the business they appointed the inspirational Didier Séguier, who has previously been with Bouchard Père et Fils in Beaune, as head winemaker. Since then William Fèvre has continued to develop their excellent reputation and have become one of the benchmark producers of classic Chablis.