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William Fevre (375ml), 2017, Chablis

White, Old World, Chardonnay from Chablis, France

Everything we hope for in a Chablis - fresh, lemony and minerally to start and then opens up after half an hour to become fuller and richer. Goes well with hors d'oeuvres and subtly flavoured fish and white meat.

Why we recommend this wine
The William Fevre shop in Chablis is always our first stop (see our visit notes here) because to our minds they are a benchmark Chablis producer; there are a lot more expensive and a lot worse Chablis.

The wine
The Wine Society's view of the 2012 vintage is "We don't usually offer Chablis en primeur, but William Fèvre's are so good that we could not resist". This Chablis is stunning - very minerally and lemoney and the flavours fill one's mouth, almost overwhelming!  The 2017 was also a great a vintage for this benchmark Chablis.

The wine estate
Founded in 1959, over the years the domain has become one of the biggest land owners in Chablis with 51 hectares; 15.9 Premiers Crus and 15.2 Grand Crus. The domaine seemed to have lost its way and was viewed as underperforming for some time but the Henriot family from Champagne purchased the domaine in 1998 and its investment in the domaine has paid off handsomely in the quality it is now producing. www.williamfevre.fr

Food and wine
White fish and meat; oysters, soft, rich white cheeses.

Did you know?
Chablis gets a lot of frost which can damage the new buds. To overcome the frost vineyards have a variety of approaches; light fires in braziers to warm the air; sprinkle fine mist to form ice over the buds and protect them that way; use large fans to blow the frost away.

  • Cutlivar

    Chardonnay

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    Lightly oaked

  • Closure

    Composite cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    12.5%

£12.40

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