William Fevre Montmains Cru Chablis 2007
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
A structured, lively and mineral wine with good length on the palate. Both straightforward and fresh, with exemplary concentration.
Wine Enthusiast - "A beautifully elegant wine, wearing its fresh fruit and acidity on its sleeve at the moment, but promising depth of fruit skin and toast flavors as the structure develops. There's a fine tight, final mineral edge."
The Wine Advocate - "Comprising fruit from Les Forets, Bouts des Butteaux, and true Montmains, the Fevre 2007 Chablis Montmains (raised in a 60:40 ratio of tank to barrel) highlights peach, orange, kelp, and oyster shell. Its oiliness of texture reinforces the impression of richness, while a prominent salinity among its diverse mineral shadings lends lip-smacking invigoration to a sustained, bright, austerely dry finish. This offers an uncanny sense of liquefied stone and shells such as one scarcely ever encounters outside of the Auxerre. As Seguier explains it, the high-elevation and clay-rich Marnes soil of Butteaux – which makes up nearly half of this cuvee – promotes pronounced acidity, extract, and above all overt mineral characteristics. But these soils, especially at this altitude, are much slower to warm, so control of yields and later harvest are critical. This beauty should merit at least 6-8 years of attention. A non-estate Montmains, not sold in the U.S., shared some of this wine's mineral character but was broader and far less concentrated or focused. "
Burghound.com - "A discreetly spiced and highly floral nose offers up hints of seaweed and tidal pool and gives way to rich, pure, refined and punchy flavors that possess excellent volume and real finishing verve on the explosive and austere finish. A Zen-like wine of harmony, balance and grace. Highly recommended."
Wine Spectator - "A generous version, displaying lemon cake, vanilla and melon notes, all backed by a vivid structure. Subtle, yet with a long, mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2015."
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William Fevre Winery
Coming from a family that has been in the Chablis region for more than 250 years, William Fèvre's father was already a great wine-maker after World War II. His son William founded the Domaine de la Maladière and announced his first harvest in 1959.
For many years, William Fèvre (who to this day enjoys a very good reputation as a defender of historically renowned terroirs), has worked each plot keenly and skilfully so as to make wine whose personality reflects the authenticity of the soils from which they spring. In 1998, the venerable Henriot family from Champagne succeeded him. To continue these focused efforts, the Domaine was taken up with the constant desire to make indisputably genuine and fine wines, and above all with bringing along a very personal expertise in Chardonnay. All the efforts have but one goal – to finely express the most subtle variations in the greatest Chablis crus. View all William Fevre Wines
About ChablisView a map of Chablis wineries
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.