Region: Chablis, France
First Glance: Concentrated and mineral Chablis
Acclaim: 92-95 points
A prolific producer, William Fevre owns and impressive 78 hectares of land, with significant holdings of both Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyard plots. Farming methods are organic and the domaine has obtained the "Haute Valeur Environnementale” (HVE) status, the highest level of environmental certification in France. All fruit here is hand-picked for quality control.
Montmains is a large and iconic left-bank Premier Cru, facing southeast on a gentle slope, it encompasses the sub-plots Butteaux and Forêts. This slope is generally considered a cooler climat, and is often harvested later than many Premier Crus. The style here is quintessentially Chablis - poised and elegant.
Vinification for the Premier Crus is relatively consistent at this address, with 50% of the wine given a 13-14 month elevage in neutral oak, including 5-6 months on fine lees. The remainder going into stainless steel.
92-95 points, Jasper Morris
From all three sections of the vineyard as usual. Racy lemon colour. Pure crystalline nose, very little reduction, very classical left bank Chablis, very intense but neither heavy nor exotic. The kimmeridgian is speaking underneath a graceful layer of flesh. Fruit and stones both keep coming back at the finish.