2007 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1044603 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Dauvissat 2007 Chablis Vaillons leads with an aromatic combination of citrus oil, Mirabelle distillate, and honey that suggest a touch of noble botrytis. Honey-glazed, gingered lime, tangerine, pineapple, and yellow plum are lusciously allied on the palate with a sense of crushed stone and chalk I imagine straining through my teeth. Predictably, this is more adamant in its mineral character, more compact, and more overtly extract rich than the corresponding Sechet. But what it lacks in interplay or levity vis a vis that wine, it at least in part makes up for in layered density and sheer grip. (DS)  (12/ 2009)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* There was virtually no change from the barrel sample with a nose that is exceptionally pure, expressive, bright and cool while putting on parade a pretty mix of citrus, floral and obvious spice aromas that complement to perfection the detailed, intense and relatively full-bodied flavors that retain an impressive sense of precision on the explosive and hugely long finish. Like the Séchet, the acid spine is quite firm and confers an agreeably bone dry sensation to the finish.  (10/ 2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow. Underripe pineapple, crushed stone, oyster shell and ginger on the nose; reminded me of a top dry riesling. The palate offers classic Vaillons volume, with an almost exotic quality giving early appeal to the concentrated flavors of ripe citrus fruits and wet stone. This rich but vibrant wine finishes with impressive length and grip. (ST)  (7/ 2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Relatively full and nutty on the nose and then pretty crunchy and finely etched.  (6/ 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.