The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a crisp Granny Smith apple and yellow plum-scented bouquet that is nicely defined, if lacking the "spark" of the 2014 les Clos. The palate is very well balanced with a fresh, crisp opening. I like the energy conveyed by this les Clos and its precision from start to finish, notwithstanding the seam of salinity that surfaces towards the finish. Excellent.
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One of the most celebrated and sought after wines in Chablis, William Févre founded the winery he chose as his namesake in 1957. With over 100 acres planted to grand and premier cru, Févre has grown immensely since being sold to Joseph Henriot, a Champagne house, while Févre moved to Chile to practice oenology abroad.
Stylistically, the wines are oaky, sometimes too oaky for those with low threshold. Since the winey changed hands, the oak treatment has curtailed quite a bit. The delicate fruit is always hand harvested, to ensure intact and uncompromised grapes. Févre himself was incredibly dedicated to the Chablis grape, and fought hard to keep fine lines drawn as to what qualified and what didn’t, and making sure the term was not bastardized. These wines are classic, quintessential Chablis. Vintages to look out for include 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.
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