William Fevre Petit Chablis 2019
1 or more bottles$36.00
The vineyard was able to replenish its water reserves thanks to a particularly wet, warm January. The vegetative cycle was delayed by a few days, however. February brought much cooler weather, and March, more rain. Budburst happened in the middle of April thanks to milder temperatures, then a fine spell of more settled weather helped the vegetative growth to make up for the slow start. The vines even flowered and ripened some two weeks early. The warm temperatures hotted up in August, though not overly severely, and some timely gentle showers enabled the grapes to reach optimum ripeness. The harvest was altogether exceptional, both for the health and level of ripeness. It will set the standard, with big, pure, wonderfully rich wines shot through with superb minerality.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Petit Chablis is a famed appellation village of the Chablis wine-growing subregion of Burgundy, France. It received its appellation d’origine contrôlée in 1944. Petit Chablis produces white wines – Chardonnay (known locally as ‘Beaunois’) – only. The vineyards for this appellation sit on the banks of the Serein river. The wines of Petit Chablis are brilliant pale gold in colour – sometimes with flecks of green. On the nose, expect white flowers; citrus, such as lemon and grapefruit; gunflint; and sometimes peach and other white-fleshed fruits. The palate is light and vibrant, with well-balanced acidity and a hint of saltiness. Drink these wines in their youth – ideally after two years. They pair beautifully with seafood – think oysters, prawns, sushi.
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About the brand William Fevre
Domaine William Fevre is without doubt one of the greatest Domaines in Chablis. It was founded by William Fevre back in 1957 includes 12 hectares of premier cru and 16 hectares of grand Cru vines.
From vine to bottle, the Domaine ensures the highest quality by hand-harvesting (a rare thing in Chblis) and rigorously sort the fruit again in the winery. Recently, the amount of new oak has been honed back, such that the average age of oak barrels is now 6 years old.
By practicing sustainable growing in its vineyards for almost a decade, Domaine William Fevre has recently (Feb, 2015) obtained "High Environmental Value" (HVE) status, which is the highest level of environmental certification. The wines are all of the highest order, from the modestly priced Petit Chablis to the Six Grand Cru wines. Consistently the the quality is superb, making William Fevre a benchmark producer in the region.