Wine Review #9
2014 William Fevre Chardonnay Chablis
1er Cru Montmains
As Tasted At Fine Vintage Sensory Master Class
May 5, 2018
Off the chart savory flavors consume the palate. Green apple with a flintiness on the finish. Also a touch of “too early to eat” white peach. This elegant wine is a pronto-typical Chablis. A finish that is smooth and tart that you wish would last for days.
Purchase price was $45 and Wine-Searcher.com gives it an average rating of 91/100.
Cork and Social Rating:
Wine Rating: 90
Price Adjusted Rating: 90
Wine Maker’s Notes:
“Combining lovely fruiness with an aracve freshness and characterisc minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine.
GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay
GROUND OF THE APPELATION: Marls and clayey limestone from the kimmeridgian
APPELATION SURFACE: 3400 hectares
VINIFICATION: Use of the principle of gravity so as to avoid all pumping, which could harm the quality of the wine. Brief (11⁄2-2 hours) pneumatic pressing to obtain a gentle separation of the solid and liquid parts of the grape. Very light static settling of the juice to preserve enough fine lees so that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations can occur naturally. The must is run in small stainless steel vats.
MATURING: 8 to 10 months in stainless steel vats to preserve freshness.”
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80-89 Above Average to Excellent
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling
I also provide a price adjusted rating. This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.