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2017 Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis Premier Cru, Vaillons

Vinous

91-93

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Regular price $175
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2017 Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis Premier Cru, Vaillons

Vinous

91-93

CellarTracker

91
Regular price $175
/

From 40+ year-old vines in Kimmeridgian soils . Hand-harvested, fermented in vat & barrel, then and in 6-8 year old barrels.

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While we had the short-lived quest for steely Chablis, there have largely only been two camps among collectors: Raveneau and Dauvissat. Both superb, Dauvissat is the more traditional, classic Chablis style that every new producer seems to aspire to.

Vincent Dauvissat

Since Vincent joined his father Rene in the 1970s, the Dauvissat label has been a beacon of quality to every drinker and collector. Blessed with enviable holdings from Petit-Chablis through to the Grand Crus of Clos and Preuses, Dauvissat crafts wines of inimitable quality and longevity.

Les Clos and Les Preuses are two of the top Grand Crus in all of Chablis, yes; Premier Cru La Forêt, (otherwise known as "Forest") has a similar outlay with the classic Kimmeridgian soils and cool climate, generating the same sort of density and honeyed essence that the Grand Crus possess.

Other Premier Crus in the range - Sechet, Montmains, Vaillons - are vivid and vibrant; the village Chablis comes from nearby La Forêt and the Petit Chablis is often the latest to be harvested as it sits just above Les Clos at high elevation.

The grpaes are crushed while still whole-cluster, preserving natural pH levels; fermentations are then carried out in enamel-lined tanks and some barrels, then aged in 6-8 year old barrels. Barrel aging is important for the style as they do not aim for reduction but rather ample oxygen interchange for their developing wines.

There is also a Dauvissat-Camus label, where the wines are made identically; the vines are simply owned by other members of the Dauvissat family.

Meet the Producer

Vincent Dauvissat

While we had the short-lived quest for steely Chablis, there have largely only been two camps among collectors: Raveneau and Dauvissat. Both superb, Dauvissat is the more traditional, classic Chablis style that every new producer seems to aspire to.

Since Vincent joined his father Rene in the 1970s, the Dauvissat label has been a beacon of quality to every drinker and collector. Blessed with enviable holdings from Petit-Chablis through to the Grand Crus of Clos and Preuses, Dauvissat crafts wines of inimitable quality and longevity.

Les Clos and Les Preuses are two of the top Grand Crus in all of Chablis, yes; Premier Cru La Forêt, (otherwise known as "Forest") has a similar outlay with the classic Kimmeridgian soils and cool climate, generating the same sort of density and honeyed essence that the Grand Crus possess.

Other Premier Crus in the range - Sechet, Montmains, Vaillons - are vivid and vibrant; the village Chablis comes from nearby La Forêt and the Petit Chablis is often the latest to be harvested as it sits just above Les Clos at high elevation.

The grpaes are crushed while still whole-cluster, preserving natural pH levels; fermentations are then carried out in enamel-lined tanks and some barrels, then aged in 6-8 year old barrels. Barrel aging is important for the style as they do not aim for reduction but rather ample oxygen interchange for their developing wines.

There is also a Dauvissat-Camus label, where the wines are made identically; the vines are simply owned by other members of the Dauvissat family.


Vinous

Vinous

91-93

The 2017 Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru, which was slightly touched by the frost at the bottom of the incline, has a composed bouquet that unfurls with yellow plum, beeswax and jasmine aromas that seem to gain momentum in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension, quite linear in style with a poised, mineral-driven finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Very fine, the most subtle of Vincent’s wines this year.

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Vinous

Vinous

91-93

The 2017 Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru, which was slightly touched by the frost at the bottom of the incline, has a composed bouquet that unfurls with yellow plum, beeswax and jasmine aromas that seem to gain momentum in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension, quite linear in style with a poised, mineral-driven finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Very fine, the most subtle of Vincent’s wines this year.