2017 Domaine William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408660 94 points James Suckling

 This has a very fresh and pure lemon nose with iodine, wet-chalk and spiced almond-biscuit notes. The palate has a stunning array of lemons, peaches and grapefruit with a seamless, pastry-like texture and a late, flinty twist to the succulent, grapefruit finish. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

91-92 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Montmains has also just been filtered, but was showing a bit more refinement at the time of my visit on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is going to be very pretty, as the nose offers up scents of lime, pear, spring flowers, chalky soil tones and citrus zest. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused, long and precise, with a good core, lovely transparency, bright, racy acids and fine grip on the bright and promising finish. 2018-2045.  (12/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains exhibits notes of salty oystershells, crushed chalk, tart green apple and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, dense and concentrated, with a firm, backward profile and tangy balancing acids. It's derived from 12 parcels, and some 40% of the cuvée hails from Butteaux. It's very promising. As the proprietor of fully 78 hectares, William Fèvre is one of Chablis's largest domaines. Fresh, tensile wines that are classical in style have been the watchword here for more than a decade. The domaine's grapes are hand harvested with the exception of the Petit Chablis and are fermented in a mixture of stainless steel and used barrels sourced from Bouchard Père & Fils, depending on the cuvée. After five or six months, the wine fermented in wood is also racked to stainless steel to continue its élevage on the lees. While the 2017s were still only partially formed when I tasted them, they're very promising, as my notes indicate. Director Didier Séguier and his team richly deserve all the accolades they've received for achieving such consistent quality on such a large scale.(WK)  (8/2018)

88-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The nose immediately makes this wine's origins clear with its lovely aromas of oyster shell, iodine and green apple-scented aromas. There is an appealing sense of vibrancy to the delicious, intense and super-saline-inflected flavors that contrast considerably with the lavishly rich and somewhat sweet finale. A curious effort as the nose is very Chablis yet the flavors, stylistically speaking, suggest the Mâconnais.  (10/2018)

88-90 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru was blended the previous week. The bouquet is attractive with honeysuckle and light sea spray aromas. The palate is well balanced with a smooth entry, the 30% barrel ageing lending a pleasant roundness without impeding upon the terroir. It attenuates just a little towards the finish, but otherwise this is a competent but not dazzling Montmains and I have a preference for the Vaillons or Les Lys.(NM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

91-93pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Just racked so not clear. 40% from Butteaux rich white fruit nose, intense but backward. Very good weight to this, lively fruit with both white and yellow character, always tension here. Some heat at the back. Still work in progress but very good promise." (01/2019)

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