2009 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89
Burghound: 90-92
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"The 2009 Chablis Fourchaume (from young vines in Vaulorent) is one of the more linear wines here. It impresses for its length, finesse and gorgeous finish. With time in the glass the fruit begins to emerge, yet this remains a tightly-wound, inward style, especially for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.

This is an impressive set of wines from William Fevre and winemaker Didier Seguier. The 2009 harvest began on September 14. Seguier claims the date of harvest has become increasingly important in recent years relative to the past, as warmer temperatures create a narrower window for optimal picking times. All of the wines at Fevre are partially fermented in oak, ranging from 5-10% for the entry-level wines up to 60-70% for the grand crus. Seguier prefers neutral barrels that are on average five years old. In general the entry-level wines are fermented with commercial yeasts, while the 1er and grand crus are fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wines spend four to six months in oak, and are then racked into steel for the completion of their elevage, which lasts about 15 months. The wines are aged on their lees with no batonnage throughout the entirety of this time. Approximately 80% of the estate’s 50 hectares are farmed biodynamically, including all of the 1er and grand crus. The 2009 and 2010 vintages were not kind to Fevre in terms of production. In 2009, insects with very selective appetites damaged 20+% of the crop, while in 2010 yields were down as much as 50% because of widespread shatter during flowering. As is the case throughout Chablis, the 2009s look to be wines built on fruit that are best-suited for early and mid-term drinking. Unfortunately, I was not able to taste the 2010s, a vintage Seguier describes as more classic, with acidities that are in line with the estate’s 2007s and 2008s. Fevre makes both a Domaine range and a Maison range. I have listed the wines separately for maximum clarity." (WA)

"A very fresh version of Fourchaume, offering aromas of green tropical fruits and orange zest, plus a whiff of oyster shell reduction. Then big, ripe and quite dry, displaying an impressive combination of volume, definition and freshness. The orange zest note carries through in the mouth. A rich but firm version of Fourchaume with a dusty, tactile finish." (IWC)

"A very Chablis-like nose of tidal pool hints, green fruit and wet stone gives way to notably rich and generous flavors that remain very fresh and vibrant, all wrapped in an intense and sappy finish that is presently on the fruity side though I suspect that this character will abate with age."(BH)

Winery Notes
115 ha for the appellation (principle Premier Cru - right bank). It is the most famous of the Premiers Crus. Marl-rich topsoil, more or less deep depending on location of the vineyard, creates complex, rich wines, perfect for cellar maturation.