One of Chablis’ most recognizable names, branches of Fèvre family have been producing wine in the region since the early 1800’s. Nathalie and Gilles Fèvre base themselves in the village of Fontenay-Pres-Chablis, where they operate a Domaine that is impressively large by Chablis standards with over 100 acres under vine in total including a large proportion of classified holdings (Grand Cru Les Preuses, 1er Cru Fourchaume, and 1er Cru Mont de Milieu). It is worth noting that their basic “AC Chablis” holdings are unusually strategic, as most of their acreage sits on the Côte de Fontenay just northeast of the region’s coveted Grand Cru slopes. Nathalie and Gilles are putting the final touches on a new winery that you must see to believe – An impeccably efficient gravity flow setup cut into the side of their main vineyard site in Fontenay. If this is the future of Chablis then the future looks delicious.
Fèvre’s Chablis Grand Cru “Les Preuses”, a 2.3 hectare plot, is located along the right bank of the little river Serein on an exceptional exposed south-west slope which dominates its Grands Cru neighbors. Soils are composed of a mixture of marl and of chalky Kimmeridgien have more depth, which allow the vines to develop their root systems and benefit from this unique terroir. Vines here were planted between 1950 and 1973. Vinification and ageing on fine lees for 15 months (min.) with 30% in oak (new barrels) and the rest in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.