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Bruce Sanderson

January 2017

2015 William Fèvre Chablis: Charming and Fresh
The taut, precise, mineral-driven style of Fèvre results in successful whites from a warm vintage
Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:10pm ET

Didier Seguier was happy the cold, bright January morning I visited William Fèvre. Coming off the success of the brilliant 2014 vintage, the domaine's director was pleased with the new wines from the 2015 harvest.

"It's a year that conserved good freshness [despite the heat]," he said, uncorking the first wine. "It has better acidity and tension than 2009 and good aging potential." Seguier was referring to another hot year, where Chablis runs the risk of losing its vibrant, steely character and mineral underpinning.

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The One and Only Chablis
A tasting of 2015 grands crus reveals the distinctive character—and pleasure—of Chablis
Posted: Jan 24, 2017 12:10pm ET
Most of France was under an icy spell when I arrived in Chablis Jan. 18. The gray, stone buildings of Burgundy seemed even starker in winter's chilly grip, but the mood was convivial as I joined about two dozen members of the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis for its annual tasting of the 2015 vintage.
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