Domaine Fevre Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” 2016


Once it opens up this is a simply delightfully classical Premier Cru Chablis. No oak in this but it’s richly complex with an almost flinty yet more granitic, oyster shell and salt spray crunch with punchy citrus zestiness. It sings with mid-palate weight, smackings of fleshy orange/mandarin pithiness and gunsmoke. Loads of peachy white stone-fruit zip and exotic fruits sit alongside like a good rugby winger. It’s fresh, lively and full of verve. 90 points, Chris Foster

92 points, Decanter, Tasting note: Subdued but mineral nose, with some appley fruit in the background. Rich and suave, the palate is concentrated yet airy and well balanced. This is a wine of charm rather than power, with a discreet mineral tang on the long finish. Drinking Window 2018 – 2025

88 Points, Burghound, Tasting note: A more reticent nose is comprised by notes of mineral reduction, citrus rind and plenty of petrol character. The overtly round and succulent flavors possess a highly seductive mouth feel that deliver slightly better depth and length on the saline-inflected finish where a trace of warmth appears. This too should drink well on the early side.

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Fèvre families have been working at the heart of Chablis vineyards since 1745. Nathalie and Gilles both oenologists, run their property with a deep respect to the labour of previous generations. They use minimal vine intervention and, environmentally friendly techniques so that the authenticity of the soil can express itself both naturally and fully. AC Chablis and Premier Cru Fourchaume and Vaulorent are vinified in temperature-controlled tanks, whereas the hallowed Grand Cru Les Preuses is vinified in both tank and then barrel.

Both of them being oenologists, Nathalie and Gilles work hand in hand. Passionate with his work in the vineyard, Gilles looks after everything that takes place on his Family’s ancient vineyards. Always aiming to improve the quality of their grapes and striving for perfection.

Nathalie takes care of the work in their ultra efficient winery. Everything they do in the winery is by hand and must preserve the excellence issued from their terroirs. In 2004 they built a winery (which has since been updated) and cellar in order to vinify all the grapes coming from their domain themselves. This cellar is composed of small temperature regulated stainless steel tanks (from 20 to 50 HL); this gives Nathalie the ability to vinify each parcel separately.

Both are important factors in controlling and maximizing the quality of the grapes. And now they have a new employee, Julie Fèvre their daughter. She obtained her diplôme d’ingénieur agronome at École d’Ingénieur de PURPAN and her diplôme national d’œnologue in Dijon (impressive stuff!!). Julie brings new youthful energy and vision to this wonderful proud Family Domaine.

Customer review

  1. Chris Foster

    Unoaked.”Stony, citrus aroma. Very tight and crisp yet with real intensity on the palate. Dry, direct and long. No lack of fruit but very little fruit flavour, but then fruit flavour is not the essence of Chablis.” (JH), Jancis Robinson,

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