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