2011 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Forest" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1121614 92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright lemon-yellow. Reticent but ripe aromas of pineapple and grapefruit lifted by sexy minerality. Broad, dry and mouthcoating but with a weightless quality and superb definition to the flavors of grapefruit, crushed stone and salty minerality. Finishes wonderfully tactile and long, with an element of precision and mineral cut that's very much in the 2010 style. Like the Vaillons, this is aging in 50% feuillettes, most of them quite old.  (7/2012)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (most growers declare this as Montmains). A beautifully layered nose features notes of ripe citrus, sea breeze, dried flowers and mineral reduction. The caressing flavors possess a highly sophisticated mouth feel built on a base of minerality that adds lift to the tension-filled finish that coats the mouth with acid buffering dry extract. This really fans out on the finale and should reward 6 to 8 years of bottle age.  (9/2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers in search a ‘poor man’s’ Les Clos should check out the 2011 Chablis La Forest. Nothing in particular stands out, instead the wine impresses for its nuance and pure silkiness. Floral notes wrap around an ethereal, polished finish laced with slate, citrus and oyster shell. This is a gorgeous showing from one of the most understated and refined wines in Chablis. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/2012)

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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, 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.


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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.