2007 Chablis, Grand Cru Les Clos Vincent Dauvissat

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96-99 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale yellow. Deep, brooding aromas of crushed stone, ginger, acacia flower and vanilla. Even more intense and powerful than the Preuses but less glyceral and voluminous; if anything, this is even slower to evolve. The impression of energy here is downright tactile. Wonderfully solid, penetrating wine with outstanding density and a very slowly mounting flavor of pure crushed rock. Still quite clenched, but I wouldn't call it inexpressive. This was the longest wine I tasted during my days in Chablis, with the palate-staining finish lasting well over two minutes." (Jul/Aug 2008) 95-97 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "This too offers dazzling aromatic purity but is a good deal less expressive at the moment than the Preuses as the classic young Les Clos austerity is present in spades with reticent, layered and elegant green fruit, oyster shell, iodine and white flower aromas that are cool and very primary, indeed even backward. The flavors are also quite understated and seem to be extracted directly from liquid rock as the minerality this displays is remarkable and there is a very different tactile sense in the mouth with simply tremendous buffering extract and staggering length on the ultra precise, bone dry and explosive finish. Wow, this is flat out stunning Les Clos that is constructed entirely on its minerality. A candidate for wine of the vintage." (10/08)

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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.