"Powerful" 2019 Premier Cru Chablis: 2019 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevre 'Fourchaume' 1er Cru Chablis
There’s an old rule of thumb that says you should eat oysters only in months that have an “R” in them. We here at BHW say eat and drink what you like when you like as long as it’s quality. However, if you adhere to that rule of thumb, we’re here to remind you that every month for the rest of this year has an “R” in it, and there is no better pairing for oysters than Chablis.
Now that we have you thinking about this divine pairing, we have just the Premier Cru Chablis for it—the 94 point 2019 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevre 'Fourchaume' 1er Cru Chablis. The Fevre family is synonymous with high-quality Chablis with a history of growing and producing sought after wines in the region since 1745. Nathalie and Gilles are of the family’s latest generation, with vineyards throughout the region. Fourchaume, where today’s wine is grown, is one of the largest and best known Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis.
Of course, you don’t have to be an oyster lover to appreciate Chablis. A versatile wine grown in the distinct terroir of the region that’s rich with ancient clay and limestone soilsbuilt up over 180 million years, this Chardonnay-based wine is known for its incredible structure and mouth-watering salinity. It pairs with other shellfish, grilled fish, curries, goat cheese, poultry, ham…hey aren’t there holidays coming up where poultry and ham are frequently served? How satisfying would it be to serve (or take to your host) a Premier Cru that didn’t break the bank?
This excellent wine was produced in the domain's state-of-the-art, gravity flow winery before spending 12 months on the lees in stainless steel. It’s long and rich, with fruity flavors and mineral notes. Wine Enthusiast showed its approval with 94 points, and raved of its elegance and “delightfully salty and chalky” finish, a true marker of Chablis. Vinous, along with 93 points, says it has more minerality than other wines from the region.
Nathalie & Gilles Fevre are related to William Fevre, who started the more well-known William Fevre winery. Both wineries currently make a Premier Crus Chablis from Fourchaume. Both wines receive similar reviews. However, the William Fevre wine sells for about $60. Our price on the Nathalie & Gilles Fevre is 20% off, just under $40.
If you haven't had the pleasure of falling in love with Chablis yet, or you already know you love Chablis, what are you waiting for?