With a family history since the 1700's in the Chablis region, William Fevre senior was already known as a great wine-maker after World War II. William Fevre junior founded the Domaine de la Maladiere and announced his first harvest in 1959. With its 78 hectares Domaine, Chablis Premier Cru and Grand Cru, William Fevre owns the widest array of Grand Crus and benefits from ideal conditions to produce excellent Chablis. William Fevre became part of Maisons & Domaines Henriot in 1998.
The Domaine was taken up with the desire to make indisputably genuine and fine wines, bringing along a very personal expertise in Chardonnay. All the efforts have but one goal - to finely express the most suitable variations in the greatest Chablis crus. Grapes are hand-picked, bunches are rigorously sorted, the must carefully settled, and a fine balance is established according to the vintage, for the vinificatiion between vat and cask. Since the 1998 vintage, the proportion of new casks was sharply reduced, today no new oak is used; allowing William Fevre to obtain rich wines of a very high aromatic purity that show their typicity, whose principle characteristics are minerality and freshness.
Located on "historical" terroirs, dating from before the extension of the vineyard areas that occurred in the 1970's, the William Fevre Domaine is at the very heart of the vineyards, on soil thatmixes marl and clay-rich lime, as well as a Kimmeridgian subsoil rich in minerals and oyster fossils that give Chablis its unique mineral character.