2012 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis

SKU #1377618 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Menthol and lemon on the nose. Dry, saline and serious in the mouth, with a point of austerity to the incisive flavors of citrus peel, minerals and jasmine. Finishes with terrific lemon-limey cut and noteworthy length. These vines are planted 'across from La Forest,' noted Dauvissat, but are considerably younger: 20 to 25 years of age vs. 50+. A superb village wine. (ST)  (7/2014)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is typically the case chez Dauvissat this displays even more Chablis character with a completely different aromatic profile that is composed of cool and pure white flower, sea breeze, mineral reduction and iodine nuances. There is lovely intensity but also good mid-palate stuffing that imparts a rounded palate impression to the saline-inflected finish. This terrific effort should drink well young but also reward 4 to 6 years of cellar time. Recommended. *Outstanding*  (10/2014)

90 points John Gilman

 Some of the 2012 Chablis AC was still in barrel at the time of my late November visit and we happily tasted this wine from barrel. The wine is more closed on the nose than the Petit Chablis, but offers up scents of grapefruit, tart orange, flinty minerality and a topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows off a nice sense of reserve on the attack, with a succulent core and very good backend minerality and grip on the long and classy finish. This too will drink well from the outset, but possesses such lovely balance that it should also age very well indeed. (Drink between 2014-2030) 90+  (11/2013)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chablis stands out for its density, depth and balance. Far from an easygoing Chablis, the 2012 is a wine of real texture. Lemon oil, white flowers and mint meld together effortlessly in this resonant, highly expressive Chablis from Vincent Dauvissat. The 2012 will drink well early, but it also has more than enough stuffing to age gracefully for years. (AG)  (8/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chablis is a step up from the Petit Chablis in terms of intensity, armed with chalk and flint scents emerging from the glass with gusto, fresh dewy green apple following behind. The palate is well-balanced and fresh in the mouth with vibrant citrus fruit mingling with freshly cut lime and a touch of peach. Nice and taut on the finish, this is a superb Chablis. (NM)  (8/2014)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.