2007 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Dauvissat 2007 Chablis Vaillons leads with an aromatic combination of citrus oil, Mirabelle distillate, and honey that suggest a touch of noble botrytis. Honey-glazed, gingered lime, tangerine, pineapple, and yellow plum are lusciously allied on the palate with a sense of crushed stone and chalk I imagine straining through my teeth. Predictably, this is more adamant in its mineral character, more compact, and more overtly extract rich than the corresponding Sechet. But what it lacks in interplay or levity vis a vis that wine, it at least in part makes up for in layered density and sheer grip. (DS)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* There was virtually no change from the barrel sample with a nose that is exceptionally pure, expressive, bright and cool while putting on parade a pretty mix of citrus, floral and obvious spice aromas that complement to perfection the detailed, intense and relatively full-bodied flavors that retain an impressive sense of precision on the explosive and hugely long finish. Like the Séchet, the acid spine is quite firm and confers an agreeably bone dry sensation to the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, pale yellow. Underripe pineapple, crushed stone, oyster shell and ginger on the nose; reminded me of a top dry riesling. The palate offers classic Vaillons volume, with an almost exotic quality giving early appeal to the concentrated flavors of ripe citrus fruits and wet stone. This rich but vibrant wine finishes with impressive length and grip. (ST)
Relatively full and nutty on the nose and then pretty crunchy and finely etched.