2012 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest"

SKU #1214640 95 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chablis La Forest is one of the most reticent wines in this range. Here it is the wine's phenolic weight and vertical sense of structure that stand out. Lemon oil, ash, smoke and petrol are some of the many nuances that inform a tightly-wound finish that never really opens up. The 2012 Forest is a wine for the patient, but it is shaping up to be a gem. (AG)  (8/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Soil-driven aromas of apple, biscuit, chlorophyll, fern, anise and flowers. Quite rich, sappy and concentrated, conveying a strong impression of dry extract and stony minerality. Powerful, very solidly built premier cru with a very long finish tinged by licorice. I would not be surprised if this wine needs a good seven or eight years of cellaring to approach its peak. (ST)  (7/2014)

92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a blue crab-like alliance of salinity, iodine, and hidden sweetness in Dauvissat's 2012 Chablis La Forest (tasted from cask) that certainly has its mouthwatering counterpart in the scallops evoked by the corresponding Sechet; and this is detectable already in the nose, where there is also a faint and intriguing fungal note, plus the sort of chalk dust, fusil oils, smoke and fresh lemon that could almost begin losing their mystery for you if you-re tasting Chablis for days at a time (how can these scents and flavors come from grapes?) simply because they are part and parcel of this region-s Kimmeridgian connection. This (in more than one sense) polished performer should continue to impress through at least 2020. (DS)  (8/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A complex if distinctly reserved nose is comprised by green fruit, citrus rind, sea shore and iodine scents. There is excellent concentration to the intense flavors that are at once fleshy yet delineated and are followed by a notably saline-infused finish that delivers excellent length. This balanced, intense and ageworthy effort should reward up to a decade of cellar time, perhaps even a bit more.  (10/2014)

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- 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.


- 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.