2007 Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1044602 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Early comparison of Vincent Dauvissat’s 2007 Chablis Preuses with his Les Clos is bound to flatter the former, as here is the essence of that mysteriously scallop-like, sweet, saline savor and a ravishing alliance of richness and textural creaminess with delicacy and refreshment such as you won’t often, if ever, find in another vineyard. Fresh lime, distilled herbal essences, orange oil, iris-like perfume, and honey waft from the nose; through a supremely elegant and dynamic mid-palate; to a finish that soars. No doubt 12-15 years of delight await those lucky enough to score some of this. (DS)  (12/ 2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright lemon-yellow. Captivating soil-driven nose offers stone fruits, flowers, chlorophyll, clove, medicinal herbs and warm stones. The palate offers lovely perfumed lift to the vibrant lemon and powdered stone flavors; magically light on its feet in spite of its underlying richness. Perhaps best today on the compellingly long, mounting finish, which leaves the mouth pulsating with mineral-driven perfume. 95(+?) points.  (7/ 2009)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Initially this is still restrained but after only 10 minutes or so it becomes quite expressive with a nose that is airy, ripe, elegant and strikingly pure as it combines plenty of Chablis character that includes sea breeze, citrus and green fruit aromas that precede the delineated and equally pure flavors of stunning depth and intensity, all wrapped in a hugely long finish. Like the nose, the minerality seems subdued at first yet arrives in a real rush on the finale. A genuinely great wine that is a study in harmony and grace as well as one that should age effortlessly for many years. I have advanced the suggested drinking window by one year as this can already be drunk with pleasure even though it is still on the way up. In a word, stunning. Try from 2013+.  (5/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and concentrated, combining elegance and power. Grapefruit, honey, floral and mineral notes have depth and balance. Just a bit hot on the finish now, but with a great oyster shell finish. Needs a year or two. Best from 2012 through 2026. (Web-2010)

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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.
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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.
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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.