2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352841 96 points Decanter

 The Preuses was, appropriately, quite closed when I tasted it, opening in the glass with a reticent but profound bouquet of wet stones, white flowers, iodine, oyster shell and a subtle hint of apple. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, multidimensional and concentrated, with electric energy, a lovely sense of reserve and a deep but taut core. While minerality is an abused term, it’s hard not to invoke it to describe its supremely stony, saline texture. One of the wines of the vintage in Chablis. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

96 points John Gilman

 The 2016 les Preuses chez Dauvissat is again, absolutely classical in profile, which means it is already delivering kaleidoscopic minerality in its vibrant nose of lemon, green apple, beeswax, layer upon layer of chalky minerality, spring flowers and a nice touch of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and properly reserved in personality out of the blocks, with a great core, stunning mineral drive, great, snappy acids and a very, very long, focused and complex finish. A great, great Preuses in the making! (Drink between 2022-2060)  (11/2017)

93-96 points Vinous

 (13.2% alcohol): Pale, bright yellow. Very pure, subtle, fresh aromas of jasmine, white pepper and tarragon. Wonderfully silky, ripe and classically dry in the mouth, with its lemon drop and floral flavors communicating a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, subtle whiplash of a finish. Like the Forest, this stands out for its grain and purity. (ST)  (8/2017)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering superb length on the sneaky long finish. This is clearly still very young but the natural class of a fine Preuses is very much in evidence.  (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From bottle, the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is the most reticent wine in the cellar, unfurling slowly with aromas of orange blossom, oatmeal, wet stones and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, tense and stony, with excellent depth and dimension. It's not as lively or intense as the 2017 rendition, but it's a very serious wine that will demand some bottle age before it reveals all its plenitude. (WK)  (8/2018)

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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.