2008 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Forest" (1.5L)

SKU #1339251 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Rene Dauvissat’s 2008 Chablis La Forest achieves a remarkably vibrant sense of interplay and complexity characteristic both for its vintage and for this cuvee at its best. Scents of iris, white truffle, crushed chalk, saline-alkaline ocean breeze, tart plum, white peach and grapefruit all have their counterparts in a palate performance of riveting interactivity and prodigious yet continually fascinating length. There is a firm feel, brightness, and in the end a tendency for its mineral aspects to slightly dominate this show that result in a sparer impression than the corresponding 2007, something of a reversal of these vintage’s normal roles. Once again, here is an exceptional Chablis premier cru that should be worth following for a dozen or more years. (DS)  (10/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale golden-yellow. Sexy aromas of orange, honeysuckle, hazelnut and toast. Big, silky, rich and deep but not especially showy today as its stony minerality currently dominates the palate. A downright profound premier cru with outstanding persistence. It will be interesting to taste this next to the superb '07 in about eight years. (ST)  (7/2010)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A maturing but still very fresh nose features notes of lemon peel, Chablis-style green fruit and oyster shell nuances. There is a beguiling mouth feel to the rich, energetic and attractively intense and well-concentrated flavors that are powerful and very much mineral-driven on the balanced and impressively persistent finish. I really like the balance and overall sense of underlying tension and for my taste this has now arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability though it should hold here for many years to come, indeed it could easily be held for several more years first if desired. Note that one recent bottle displayed noticeably advanced aromas of lactic and caramel scents and another had traces but was still drinkable.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

From Burghound: "The always direct Vincent Dauvissat candidly calls 2008 a vintage where the 'maturities occurred by evaporation due to the strong north wind. There was almost no chaptalization as sugars were between 12 and 13% and the wines don't need any more than that. Acids were excellent though yields were down somewhat, in any event certainly lower than in 2007. I like the vintage and it reminds me a bit of 2002 though it's much too early to say anything definitively.'"

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