Gilles and Nathalie Fèvre met at university where they both qualified as oenologists. 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 oenologue in her own right. This is a wonderful 50-hectare domaine, all planted on Kimmeridgian limestone – 33 hectares of which are village Chablis.
The name Fèvre has history in Chablis, Giles has traced his family back to 1745 and during the 19th century an ancestor, Zephyr, already had vines in Vaulorent. The domaine continues to grow and now they have 50ha of vines. Nathalie worked at La Chablisienne, the local and high-quality co-operative until 2004 when Domaine Nathalie & Giles Fèvre was born. They are now joined by their daughter Julie, not yet 30 but already handy in the vineyard and cellar.
This Chablis comes from parcels situated beside the village of Fontenay-Près-Chablis, at the very heart of Chablis’ vineyards, on high plains or steep hills, all their Chablis is grown on stony soils (Kimmeridgian Limestone) which allows for a moderate production. Most of the vineyards are between 15 and 25 years old. Some parcels were planted by Gilles’ great grandfather, Marcel, around 1950/1960.
Fresh and fruity (white flesh fruits, like peach and pear, with citrus notes), and already showing good minerality.
It also makes a good partner to traditional Burgundy recipes such as ‘jambom persillé’ (ham with parsley), and is ideal with a fresh bowl of oysters, crab sandwiches or avocado dip with salty tortillas! Now then!