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2006 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1039968 96-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From cask, Dauvissat’s 2006 Chablis Preuses smells of toasted grain, roasted nuts, pungent buckwheat, ripe peach, high-toned floral perfume suggesting gentian, and ocean breeze. An amazing depth of indescribable minerality – approximating meat stock and crustacean reduction, with suggestions of soy – saturates the palate, leading to a generous yet still mysteriously savory, mouth-watering finish that contrasts dramatically with the chalky, faintly bitter character of the La Forest. This should become an extraordinary example of terroir and minerality within the context of enveloping richness, and of richness without the least bit of heaviness, and should mature excitingly for the next 12-15 years. Not that I would feel any compunction about pulling a cork now. 'Compulsion' would be a better word for what I would feel if I were sitting on bottles of this gem! Exotically ripe, honeyed, almost buttery in texture, yet with palate-nipping hints of botrytis, the 2005 Preuses finds room for some mysterious, savory mineral nuances as well, but is not in the exalted class of this 2006. (DS) Inner quote mark (10/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, pale yellow. Reticent but very pure nose features slightly metallic aromas of exotic flowers, mirabelle, spices, vanilla and minerals. Wonderfully silky, thick and deep but extremely unevolved today and not yet showing its personality. But this compellingly tactile, powerful and rich wine stains the palate with unflagging citrus, floral and wet stone flavors. An infant today. 95+ (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pure and elegant, exhibiting lemon, wet stone, apple tart and a hint of lanolin. But what texture. This is silky, harmonious and, though concentrated, refined and beautiful. The aftertaste of vanilla and mineral goes on and on. Drink now through 2020. (BS) Inner quote mark (2/2009)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A notably ripe but not exotic nose of white peach, pear, seaweed and a touch of honeysuckle blends into impressively concentrated and overtly rich, full and powerful flavors that seem naturally elegant and refined while maintaining superb focus on the almost painfully intense finish. There is excellent persistence and fine complexity on the beautifully lingering finale. For my taste this has arrived at its peak even in magnum format though I underscore that it will continue to age for years to come. I would also note that this needs to be kept appropriately cool while you're enjoying it so that the flavors do not lose their focus. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

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