2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352838 94 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Montée de Tonnerre chez Dauvissat was a bit less affected by frost and the wine is very elegant in profile and superb in quality. The complex nose delivers a lovely constellation of lemon, pear, chalky minerality, white flowers and a pungent topnote of beeswax. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and more reserved on the attack than the Vaillons, with a superb core of fruit, lovely transparency, bright acids and great backend mineral drive on the very, very long and perfectly balanced finish. A classic in the making. (Drink between 2021-2050)  (11/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre comes from a small, 0.30 hectare parcel that Vincent told me was just, "too small!" This has a very floral bouquet that wafts temptingly from the glass: scents of dried honey, acacia, oyster shells and just a touch of hazelnut. The palate is linear and taut with good body and depth, although I wonder whether this is as multifaceted as the Vaillons? It is strict and perhaps more Chablis-like in style—I like the tension on the finish although the persistence is not quite as long. That said, I strongly believe that this will ultimately overtake the 2015.(NM)  (8/2017)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Cool and restrained aromas are comprised mostly by notes of mineral reduction and white flowers where additional breadth is present in the form of tidal pool and orange peel. The strikingly and wonderfully refined flavors possess a supple and caressing mid-palate yet the intensity really begins to build toward in the focused and energetic saline-inflected finish. At least some patience will be required to develop more depth but this should still drink well after only a few years if that's your preference.  (11/2917)

90-93 points Vinous

 (made from vines around 50 years of age, this cuvée is not normally sent to the U.S.): Bright, pale yellow. Distinctly less austere and classic on the nose than the Vaillons, offering aromas of elder flower, menthol and lichee plus more exotic spice and banana nuances. Fat, broad and lightly saline in the middle palate, then turns more minerally and sharply chiseled on the energetic, more austere back end. Doesn't show quite the early balance and suavity of the Vaillons, though.(ST)  (8/2017)

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- 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.