2006 William Fevre Les Preuses, Chablis Grand Cru, France
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DescriptionWilliam Fevre Les Preuses, Chablis Grand Cru, France 2006
WINE ADVOCATEFevre owns or controls nearly one quarter of the acreage in Preuses. Their 2006 Chablis Preuses marries fruit from a southeast-facing parcel just above the Cote de Bouguerots and conducive to “cool” fruit and overt minerality, with a southwest-facing parcel inherently inclined toward richness that was harvested at hugely high ripeness even before this year’s ban de vendange. From its aroma through its impressively dense and expansive palate display, through its lingering finish, this sensually extravagant expression of Preuses (in a manner distinctly reminiscent of Vincent Dauvissat’s) is totally suffused with the savory salinity and sweetness of shrimp and lobster shell reduction. White peach and lime occupy a discreet position, iris and lily a more prominent one, wafting alluringly throughout. This silken-textured beauty should be worth holding for a dozen or more years.
WINE SPECTATORTasty, yet also shows a sense of place. Ripe, almost tropical, and spicy notes give way to yellow plum, herb and mineral flavors. This has a firm structure underneath the baby fat and needs time to come together.
VINOUSPale yellow-green. Very ripe aromas of yellow peach, pepper and spices; far less intellectual than the Valmur. Plump, sweet and easygoing, with full ripeness and a suggestion of slightly elevated alcohol. This is more aggressive than some of the other grand crus here but offers the advantage of earlier approachability. This fruit was obviously very ripe: the team picked it on September 14, two days before the ban In fact, I happened to be at William Fevre that morning in 2006 and recall tasting the grapes as they went into the vat.