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

SKU #1346937 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Dauvissat 2011 Chablis Vaillons offers a striking contrast with its Sechet sibling, evoking ocean spray, clam juices, and fresh lemon, infused with chalk and iodine. This feels firm yet buoyant. Toasted nut piquancy adds to the impressive sense of grip harbored by this, for its vintage, relatively austere and robust bottling, one that should be worth following through at least 2020. (DS)  (8/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* Here the nose is not quite as refined but is a bit more complex with perfumed, fresh and cool aromas of mineral reduction along with background nuances of lemon zest, iodine and algae. There is excellent density to the extract-rich flavors that possess outstanding length on the chiseled and highly energetic finish. This too should offer fine aging potential.  (10/2013)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2011 Dauvissat Vaillons is another classic in the making, as the wine offers up a lovely nose of green apple, tart orange, complex, limestone minerality, beeswax, floral tones and just a touch of vanillin oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and utterly suave on the attack, with a lovely core of fruit, crisp acids, excellent focus and cut and a very long, poised and perfectly balanced finish. Lovely juice, the 2011 Vaillons will be accessible on the early side, but I would give it at least a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers to emerge. (Drink between 2016-2040)  (12/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of white peach, oatmeal and iodiney oyster shell. The palate offers a captivating combination of sweet white peach and pineapple fruit and strong underlying minerality, along with a hint of vanilla. Turns more austere and dry on the long, stony finish. This is not obviously better than the Sechet.(ST)  (7/2013)

91 points Vinous

 The 2011 Chablis Vaillons is unusually flashy, ripe and exotic . Peach, lychee, mint and a host of tropical-infused aromas and flavors flesh out in this radiant, deeply resonant Chablis. It will be fascinating to watch the 2011 as it develops over the coming years. The style is decidedly racy. (AG)  (8/2013)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.