2007 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Sechet" (Previously $54)

SKU #1044600 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As with last year’s memorable rendition, Dauvissat’s 2007 Chablis Sechet offers a dimension of savory crustacean reduction reminiscent of Preuses, along with a garland of gorgeously high-toned floral perfume. Hints of bitter-sweet licorice and black fruits as well as invigoratingly saline and citrus zest notes add further allure. A shimmering exchange of bright citrus and myriad herbal, floral, and crystalline mineral notes makes for a lingering finish which, along with this wine’s combination of flavor concentration and delicacy, puts me in mind a bit of a great Riesling. This should remain superb for at least the next 6-8 years. (DS)  (12/ 2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Highly nuanced nose offers pineapple, lavender, beeswax, minerals and licorice. Densely packed, minerally and penetrating; more taut than the Vaillons but with a creamy core. This dry, rich, classic Chablis finishes precise and austere, coating the palate with lemon and dusty stone flavors.  (7/ 2009)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A discreet yet pungent nose features notes of warm stone, floral and lemon peel that introduces ripe, round and exceptionally pure flavors that are at once delicious, detailed and wonderfully intense and the firm acidity allows the bone dry finish to retain its sense of proportion and focus. This is linear to the point of austerity and there is a cuts-like-a-knife quality to the chiseled backend. Gorgeous and I especially like the oyster shell quality that seems to pervade the '07 version from nose to tail.  (10/ 2009)

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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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.