2011 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest"

SKU #1114829 93 points John Gilman

 The 2011 La Forest from Vincent Dauvissat is a lovely bottle, and as I was tasting the wine fairly soon after the mise, I may well be underestimating the wine a tad. The deep and utterly classic nose wafts from the glass in a blend of green apple, pear, flinty minerality, plenty of beeswax, white flowers and a dollop of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and complex, with excellent mid-palate depth, lovely transparency and bounce, crisp acids and excellent focus and grip on the long and beautifully balanced finish. Just a lovely, lovely bottle of La Forest. (Drink between 2015-2040)  (11/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 A much more cryptic and savory wine, this has a little grapefruit and some flinty elements, too. The palate’s taut, integrated and fluid; the phenolics have a nice role to play; the acidity is high; and the chalky, white-peach finish is long and even.  (2/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis 1er Cru La Forest is still a touch closed for primetime drinking, but it’s a great success in this sometimes rather diffuse Chablis vintage and is a classic rendition of the Domaine’s emblematic cuvée. Aromas of lemon oil, oyster shell and dried flowers precede a medium-full, concentrated and precise wine, with an ample mid-palate, zest acids and a typically chalky finish. (WK)  (1/2018)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright pale yellow. Penetrating mineral aromas of crushed stone and oyster shell, with a hint of ripe grapefruit in the background. Wonderfully juicy and vibrant if youthfully taut, offering uncanny intensity and tactility for the vintage. Finishes saline and extremely long, with notes of lime, oatmeal and powdered stone. This palate-staining wine left my salivary glands quivering. Dauvissat does a vendange entier, practically no debourbage and almost no stirring of the lees. (ST) 93+  (8/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A beautifully layered nose features plenty of classic Chablis character on the notes of ripe citrus, sea breeze, dried flowers, quinine and mineral reduction. The punchy medium-bodied flavors are built on a base of minerality that adds lift to the tension-filled finish that coats the mouth with acid buffering dry extract. This is still relatively tight but not so much that it couldn't be enjoyed if decanted for 30 minutes first - that said I would be inclined to allow this to sit in a cool cellar for another 3 to 5 years as it's clear that it's still on the way up. Tasted twice this year with similar results.  (7/2016)

92 points Vinous

 The 2011 Chablis La Forest is seriously beautiful. White peaches, pears, flowers, crushed rocks, mint and slate meld together in a hugely inviting, textured Chablis that will drink beautifully right out of the gate. At the same time, the 2011 is seriously inward for the year and clearly still has a lot more to say. (AG) 92+  (8/2013)


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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.
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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.