2021 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevres Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses
The Fèvre family is no stranger to Chablis: Gilles Fèvre can trace its roots in the area back to the year 1745, at the same time making it clear that this branch of the Fèvre family has always worked in the wine industry. Nathalie and Gilles even have a common ancestor in the person of Zéphyr Fèvre, who worked in the Vaulorent vineyard (now a Premier Cru Chablis) in the nineteenth century. Gilles and Nathalie met at university, where they studied oenology. Both have experience in winemaking outside Chablis and outside France, but Chablis is their home.
The Domaine Fèvre covers approximately 42 hectares of vineyard. Production is relatively small: less than 100,000 bottles on average per year. While Gilles is mainly concerned with work in the vineyards, Nathalie is responsible for the wines. In 2004, a private cellar was built with a number of temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks for vinification. In order to vinify each individual plot separately, they vary in size from 20 to 50 hectoliters. A small part of the Grand Cru (30%) matures in barrels of (used) oak.
Fèvre is a big name in the Chablis region. And for good reason. The name guarantees flawless and expressive Chardonnays, to which Chablis owes its reputation. You will definitely find this style in the wines of Nathalie et Gilles Fèvre. The results can rightly be called an ode to the unique Kimmeridge soils.
The Les Preuses vineyard has a subsoil of marl and calcareous Kimmeridgian, which allows the vines to develop an extensive root system and take full advantage of the unique terroir. The wine is vinified at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks and partly in used barrels. The wine then matures on the yeast cells ('sur lie') for 15 months, of which 30% in oak barrels. This softens the wine and gives the wine extra complexity.
The Chablis Grand Crus Preuses has a subdued attack, but with some oxygen the true nature emerges and the wine becomes super elegant, sleek, chalky and expressive. In the nose and later we also smell and taste citrus fruit, fresh acidity, notes of resin and some orange at the back of the palate. The wine certainly needs some more years to develop further and the ideal drinking window for the top Chablis is from 2022-2032
Chablis is officially part of the Burgundy wine region, but is quite isolated a good distance to the northeast. The climate is wetter and cooler than Burgundy itself and that determines the choice for planting mainly chardonnay. A strong, white grape that also ripens in cool areas. But even with chardonnay, you have to be careful, because the early shoots are at risk of freezing in the spring. That is why mist systems and heaters are used in the vineyards to prevent this. Of course, chardonnay is also widely planted in other parts of Burgundy, but the wines from Chablis have their own character. They have a mineral taste with usually a higher acidity and an aroma reminiscent of flint or pebble.
It is not only the cool climate that gives Chablis its unique taste, but also the special soil of marine origin. The vineyards are located on a rock that was the bottom of the sea hundreds of millions of years ago and is called Kimmeridge. It is a mixture of lime, clay and fossil oyster shells and was formed in the Jurassic period by billions of shellfish that lived on the seabed.
The best vineyards - seven Grands Crus and several dozen Premiers Crus - are found on this type of soil and are located around the town of Chablis. The Grand Cru vineyards are located on the southwestern slopes of a limestone ridge immediately northeast of the city.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Winery||Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevres|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||92|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch|