DOMAIN NATALIE ET GILLES FÈVRE (SUSTAINABLE WITH SOME ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES – IN TRANSITION
One of Chablis’ most recognizable names, branches of the Fèvre family have been producing wine in the region since the early 1800s. Gilles and Nathalie Fèvre met at university where they both qualified as enologists. Gilles is in charge of viticulture and Nathalie oversees vinification.
Gilles’ great grandfather began growing grapes and making wine in and around the village of Fontenay-Près-Chablis over a hundred years ago. They have now been joined by their daughter Julie – a qualified agricultural engineer and winemaker.
This is a wonderful 125-acre domaine, all planted on Kimmeridgian limestone – 75 of which are village Chablis. The 1er Cru Fourchaume is vinified in stainless steel tanks, as is 1er Cru Mont de Milieu – which also sees a touch of older oak barrels.
They are absolutely delicious, mouth-watering, benchmark examples of pure, incisive, concentrated wines.
These are exceptional wines from a top quality domaine of increasingly great repute.
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 – with 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.
Gilles’ Grandfather and father both held the position of President at the leading cooperative La Chablisienne, and Nathalie was the head winemaker at La Chablisienne for 12 years (until recently all of their harvest was sold to La Chablisienne).
The AC bottling is 100% Chardonnay, farmed on Jurassic soils (mostly Kimmeridgian limestone), vinified, and aged in stainless steel. This is a bracingly crisp Chablis and will complement many lighter foods, cheese and charcuterie plates, and is a perfect aperitif wine (or as we say in the trade, a porch pounder).