The 2011 les Preuses from Domaine William Fèvre was also scheduled to be bottled the week following my visit, but unlike the “straight” Bougros, the wine was not showing any crankiness from its adjustments in tank in preparation for the mise. The absolutely brilliant nose wafts from the glass in a complex and classic mélange of green apple, tart orange, pink grapefruit, kaleidoscopic, chalky minerality, white flowers and a faint whisper of vanilla from its older barrels. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and utterly stunning, with a great core, laser-like focus, crisp acids and superb length and grip on the seamless and dancing finish. This will be one of the wines of the vintage in Chablis in 2011!
From two parcels, one facing east that delivers freshness; one southwest with deeper soil, more clay, richness. Rich, fleshy, this is a mouthful of ripe apple, peach and mineral. It's refined, elegant, complex, harmonious and long. (BS)
If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning. Note that there was a bit of post-bottling SO2 present so if you're going to try one young in the name of Science, I would suggest that you decant it for a few minutes first. Drink: 2018+
Pale yellow-green. Lovely pristine, high-pitched nose combines lemon, lime, white flowers, anise and white pepper. Juicy and nicely ripe, with terrific sappy intensity and grip to the tactile flavors of lime, grapefruit pith and flowers. The long, building finish displays terrific cut and tension. The 2012 version is larger-scaled and richer but this is every bit as penetrating. At 12.7% alcohol, it's nicely ripe but also very easy to drink. (ST) 93+
Tightly wound and reticent, the Chablis Les Preuses is one of the least expressive wines in the range. Pear, white peach and floral nuances emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. Today the Preuses remains deeply marked by its intense minerality. Readers should plan on giving the Preuses at least a few years in bottle. Today the 2011 is vibrant and focused but not ready to show all of its cards. (AG)
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