2020 William Fevre Fourchaume Chablis Premier Cru

  • 97 Point "Extraordinary" Vintage ~Wine Advocate
  • From Best Known Chablis Vineyard, Fourchaume 
  • Didier Séguier, “White Winemaker Of The Year 2018”
  • From Famed Kimmeridgian Chablis Soil
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About the Wine

Nestled on the steep, rocky slopes along the banks of the river Serein, William Fèvre is a testament to a history spanning over one hundred and fifty million years. This terroir, characterized by clay-limestone soil, derived from the illustrious Kimmeridgian, a unique soil type found only in Chablis, Champagne, and southern England. This ancient soil, (180 million-year-old to be exact) is made up of clay and limestone that contains fossilized oyster shells. These vinous traits are the envy of winemakers worldwide yet remain unparalleled in their purity.

Since 1959, William Fèvre has been synonymous with excellence in Chablis. Taking over his family estate, William Fèvre infused new life and ambition into the vineyards, expanding the estate's holdings across Chablis' most historic terroirs. Today, Domaine William Fèvre boasts 70 hectares of prestigious vineyards, including 15.2 hectares of Grand Crus.

The vineyards are meticulously managed, with a focus on limiting yields and organic cultivation methods. Harvesting is performed by hand, ensuring only the finest grapes are selected. This rigorous attention to detail continues through every stage of winemaking, resulting in wines that truly express the essence of Chablis.

Under the guidance of Didier Séguier, awarded “White Winemaker of the Year 2018,” Domaine William Fèvre continues to push the boundaries of excellence. Séguier's commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity, alongside his impeccable winemaking skills, ensure the estate remains at the forefront of Chablis production. The estate's goal of organic certification by 2024, coupled with biodynamic practices, further underscores their dedication to preserving the terroir.

It comes from one of the largest and best-known Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis—Fourchame. Wines from this vineyard are revered for their rounded citrus flavors, incredible structure, and fresh, mouthwatering minerality.

Aging: 13 to 14 months (5 to 6 months on fine lees in French oak barrels).

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. Very aromatic bouquet, combining fruity and floral notes. Nicely elegant palate that blends power, raciness and roundness.

Reviews

The Fourchaume from the estate’s own holdings in Fourchaume (all of which lie in Vaulorent) is a notable step up in the 2020 vintage from the bottling made from purchased fruit. The nose is pure, deep and precise, delivering scents of pear, apple, lime blossoms, just a touch of paraffin, spring flowers and a very complex base of limestone minerality. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, racy and rock solid at the core, with a bit more of a reserved personality than the above wine, but more backend lift, cut and grip. This wine has great focus and balance and will be stunning once it starts to blossom in four or five years. ~93 John Gilman

Big, powerful example of Fourchaume. Loads of acidity to keep everything fresh, should age well. Drinking Window 2022 - 2027. ~92 Decanter

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