2017 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis

SKU #1424833 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of citrus oil, white peach, spring flowers and oystershell introduce the 2017 Chablis Villages, a deep, medium to full-bodied wine with a taut, concentrated core, underpinned by a racy line of acidity. Long and chalky on the finish, like its Petit Chablis sibling, it's as good a representation of the appellation as it's possible to find. As is consistently the case, Vincent Dauvissat has fashioned some of the finest wines to be found in both the 2016 and 2017 vintages. 2016 is a small crop, amounting to a mere third of an average harvest. The wines are comparatively low in acidity, with notable concentration, but remaining tense, pure and incisive. By the standards of Dauvissat's wines, I suspect they will prove comparatively precocious but hold well—perhaps evoking the 1992 vintage. The domaine also suffered in 2017, though not as badly, losing some 30% of a normal harvest. The remaining grapes were ripe and clean, producing wines best described as classic but charming. As at several other addresses where long sur lie élevage is the norm, I caught the nascent 2017s very early in their evolution, so I'll try to look at them again later in the year. (WK)  (8/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis, of which one parcel was 80% hit by frost, has a very composed and quite intense bouquet with citrus lemon, Granny Smith apples and light smoky scents. The palate is fresh and vibrant with good tension, a clear step up from the Petit Chablis with a vibrant, spicy finish. Excellent. (NM)  (8/2018)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Has a smoke edge with a fine core of yellow citrus and neat flinty aromas. Yellow grapefruit here. Very neat punchy acidity, good depth and ripeness. Moves into yellow peaches. Flesh with tension and freshness.  (7/2018)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is even better Chablis typicity as well as a bit more elegance to the cool, pure and airy aromas of oyster shell, lemon rind and apple. The seductively textured medium-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel though the firm acid spine makes it clear that this should have no trouble aging well. This is an excellent Chablis villages.  (10/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Domaine Dauvissat Chablis villages was showing very well for only being one month out from the bottling, but it may turn out that I have underrated this wine a touch and it will prove to be even better than my note suggests! The bouquet is lovely, offering up scents of tart orange, apple, chalky minerality, spring flowers and a nice touch of lemon peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and shows off lovely mid-palate depth, with bright, zesty acids, superb backend mineral drive and a very long, nicely balanced and nascently complex finish. This has more core than the Petit Chablis and more inherent complexity. Fine juice.  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

87-90 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Pure, clear, fine, balanced. So much detail to the fruit on the nose, some flowers, perfect balance, ease of access yet firmness of resolve. Again the apple notes behind. Exceptional persistence." (05/2018)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.