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2012 Chablis from William Fevre

21 October 2014|Cellar Journal

"2012 gave very concentrated Chablis that should provide for delicious drinking early on."
Allen Meadows, Burghound

"William Fevre is one of Chablis' most respected producers"
Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

"2012 is a great vintage, with lots of fruit and purity."
Didier Seguier, Fevre Winemaker

Renowned wine writer Hugh Johnson always said that Premier Cru Chablis from a good grower was the finest value white wine in the world. 

To this day, that remains true - and these William Fevre wines demonstrate that ably, as well as throwing in great values more suited to extended 10-year cellaring from their Grand Cru vineyards like the famous Les Clos.

2012 was a Chablis vintage that was on a knife edge right until the very end - several weather events caused yields to be pared right back by as much as 40% in places, which in the end was a blessing given the reduced ripening conditions of the vintage. Of course, the value of Chablis as a fine wine comes as much from its energy and acidity through the marginal climate as it does from its famous Kimmeridgean limestone soils, but even so it was 'heart in mouth' stuff right until the end, when a late burst of warm weather got the vines over the line.

The general feeling though once harvest was completed was optimistic - a year of low quantity but high quality. As you'd expect, the 2012s are characterised by high acidity which winemaker Didier Seguier sees as making them perfect candidates for the cellar, although Burgundy expert Allen Meadows feels they will offer excellent early drinking too. 

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