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2014 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1240218 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Lovely floral and pear notes on a tight but very ripe and mineral palate. A very energetic premier cru with a lovely combination of aromas and textural richness. Inner quote mark (2/2016)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is more restrained still, indeed so much so that the nose only reluctantly reveals its notes of classic Chablis aromas that include green fruit, iodine, tidal pool and oyster shell. There is outstanding volume and almost painful intensity to the medium-bodied flavors that brim with a fine minerality before concluding in a stony, long and impeccably well-balanced finale where once again a hint of bitter lemon appears. This stunner of a wine will need at least a few years of bottle age to fully harmonize and to become more accessible. I would add that the 2014 version of this wine is perhaps the finest that I have ever seen; the 2010 is incredible but this has the potential to top even that superb effort.. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2014 La Forest from the Dauvissat family is simply stunning and one of the finest young vintages of this exceptional wine that I have had the pleasure to taste from the domaine (and I have been visiting here for many years now). The brilliant nose soars from the glass in a very Les Clos-like blend of pear, apple, anise, dried flowers, flinty minerality, citrus peel and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows off great cut and grip, with a superb core of fruit, stunning mineral drive and a very, very long, zesty finish that soars with backend energy and precision this year. Great wine. (Drink between 2018-2045) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From barrel and from bottle, the 2014 Chablis 1er Cru La Forest struck me as the best rendition of this bottling I had ever tasted, and it enjoyed a brief window of accessibility for six to eight months after it was released. Today, however, the wine has shut down hard, unfurling reluctantly in the glass with a reticent but immensely promising bouquet of salty oystershells, green apple, lemon oil and dried white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and racy, with a deep but tight-knit core, tangy balancing acids and a long, searingly saline, mineral finish. To give close Dauvissat followers an idea of the wine's style and structure, this Forest combines the harmony and completeness of the 2002 vintage with some of the cut and salinity of the 2008 vintage—an undeniably winning combination. It should come into its own at age ten and drink well for the following two decades. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, pale yellow. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas and flavors of lemon zest, grapefruit and white flowers. Tactile and dense but very closed on the palate, combining a sexy sweetness for the year with powerful salinity and superb depth. Most impressive today on the energetic, slowly mounting, palate-staining finish, which leaves the retronasal passage quivering. Premier cru Chablis from the region's left bank does not get much better than this. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Kimmeridgean soil at La Forest (or Forêt) is rich in clay, where Dauvissat sustains a community of older vines, averaging 40 years of age. This 2014 has a complex fruit character, akin to Rainier cherries and star fruit, but the main element of the flavor is chalk, almost floral in its pale white minerality. It’s a classical style of Chablis with notes of green tea and edamame. Inner quote mark (4/2017)

K&L Notes

92pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Fine bright pale colour. The nose is full bodied in an oxidative style. Yet the wine is fresh on the palate. This should emerge as a beautiful wine but future development has to be taken on trust. Very long. The light oxidative element remains throughout. Tasted: May 2017."

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