2011 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1346936 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Vincent Dauvissat 2011 Chablis Sechet delivers a striking sense of lift and transparency allied to infectious juiciness. Succulent and refreshing grapefruit, lime and yellow plum are wreathed in buddleia and high-toned herbal extracts, then mingled on a buoyant (almost delicate) and silken-textured palate with the saline-sweet savor of raw scallop. The saliva-inducing, umami-rich animal aspects are perfectly complemented by almost infinite juiciness of citrus and pit fruits that are transparent to seductively floral and shimmeringly crystalline-mineral nuances. This long-finishing beauty should not be missed now, in its youth, but I imagine it will continue to cast its spell through at least 2018. (DS)  (8/2013)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2011 Chablis “Séchet” from Domaine Vincent Dauvissat is also an outstanding bottle in the making, jumping from the glass in a complex aromatic blend of pink grapefruit, lemon, green apple, chalky minerality, oyster shell, citrus peel and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tight and classic, with a fine core of fruit, brisk acids and a very long, youthful and racy finish. This is a superb bottle of Séchet. (Drink between 2016-2035)  (12/2012)

92 points Vinous

 The 2011 Chablis Sechets emerges from the glass with beautiful scents of lime, oyster shell and grapefruit, all backed up by the richness and pure texture of the year. There is plenty of near and medium-term appeal in the Sechets, a wine that captures the very best qualities of the year. Over the last year, the Sechets has come together beautifully. (AG)  (8/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brisk, high-pitched aromas of lemon, crushed stone and licorice, plus a faint lactic quality. Then dense, silky and generous in the mouth, but with terrific energy to its mineral-driven citrus zest and oyster shell flavors. This has a salinity much like the 2012 version. The long, mounting, classically dry finish calls for at least six or seven years of cellaring...91+ Points  (7/2013)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is not only more elegant but more complex and slightly riper as well with a much greater emphasis on the typical Séchet citrus elements. There is good richness to the round and relatively generous medium weight flavors that possess a seductively textured mouth feel. There is a lovely minerality and underlying tension to the very dry, balanced and persistent finish that displays a hint of bitter lemon. This should be quite good and offer solid mid-term cellaring potential.  (10/2013)

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- 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.


- 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.