2006 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis

SKU #1039964 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another generique exceptional for being hand-harvested and for its quality is the Dauvissat 2006 Chablis. Smelling sweetly of ripe peach, lily perfume, and a hint of vanilla, this fills the palate with lush fruit but also savory, saline, shrimp- and lobster-reduction mineral character, finishing with lip-smacking generosity and (for its appellation) startling length. I can see no reason to defer gratification, but this should drink nicely for another couple of years. As wonderful as this is for 'simple' appellation Chablis, the 2005 is in the same exalted quality league. (DS)  (10/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe aromas of peach, apricot, wet stone and honey. Round, ripe, sweet and approachable, with a pliant texture that should give considerable early pleasure. Finishes with excellent length. (ST)  (7/2008)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 However here there are discreet notes of exotic yellow fruit that complement the equally fresh and bright middle weight flavors that possess ample finishing intensity plus a fine minerality as well as subtle oyster shell notes. There is plenty of dry extract present that really coats the mouth on the finish. Worth a look.  (10/2008)

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- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.


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- 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.