2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Petite Chablis (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348729 90 points John Gilman

 With fully two-thirds of a normal crop wiped out here by the frosts on April 27th, it is not too surprising that the resulting wine is truly exceptional in quality. This is not a wine that is overly concentrated, as is the case with some severely frosted whites in 2016, but a wine of great precision, depth of fruit and mineral drive. The bouquet is superb, offering up scents of pear, apple, chalky minerality, beeswax and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, long and zesty, with a rock solid core, lovely focus and grip and a very long, vibrant finish. Superb juice and truly transcendental Petit Chablis. 2018-2030.  (12/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Petit Chablis comes from several parcels behind les Clos on Portlandian limestone. In this vintage it was picked towards the end of the harvest because of the frost. It has a delicate bouquet at first, opening gradually in the glass with attractive yellow plum and flinty aromas. The palate is very fresh and vibrant, much more edgy than other Petit Chablis that I tasted, with a long, lightly spiced finish. This is very satisfying. (NM)  (8/2017)

88-90 points Vinous

 (production was down 75% here, chiefly due to frost): Bright pale yellow. Rich citrus scents complicated by an element of metallic minerality. Juicy and pliant in the middle palate, with a touch of sweetness to the flavors of citrus fruits and white peach. Then rich but tight on the finish but not austere. Boasts wonderful texture for Petit Chablis. (ST)  (8/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A trace of exotic fruit can be found on the white peach, citrus and soft iodine scents. There is good richness to the solidly concentrated flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel along with a hint of minerality on the clean, dry and focused finish. This is a quality Petit Chablis.  (11/2017)

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- 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.