2015 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"

SKU #1377619 91-93 points Vinous

 (Dauvissat's numerous parcels of vines in this premier cru range from 12 to 45 years of age): Pale, bright yellow. Complex, expressive aromas of ginger, chlorophyll, elderflower and lichee, plus suggestions of tropical fruits. Densely packed and firm-edged, delivering serious mineral tension but also a distinct thickness of texture. Finishes with serious building length. The white marl brings fat to the wine while the calcaire gives it its tight framework, says Dauvissat. (ST)  (7/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is more floral still with additional interest appearing in the form of restrained citrus, oyster shell and apple scents where once again a hint of menthol appears. The rich, powerful and moderately full-bodied flavors possess both good verve and volume while displaying excellent length on the lightly mineral-inflected finish where the only reproach is a touch of warmth. Despite the volume the mouth feel here is really quite refined and I like the evident typicity. *Outstanding*  (10/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 I was very curious to taste the Dauvissat family’s 2015 Montée de Tonnerre, as this vineyard, along with Blanchots, got hit the hardest by the hail at the start of September. The wine has turned out very well chez Dauvissat and I could not detect any signs of diminished energy from the hail the day before the grapes were picked, and it seems likely that the biggest damage done by the storm was to the crop load. The bouquet is very, very pretty, offering up scents of pear, apple, chalky minerality, apple blossoms and a dollop of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very long on the backend, with a good core, lovely generosity on the attack and a long, vibrant and focused finish. Fine juice and perhaps the premier cru here I would open first amongst these excellent 2015s! (Drink between 2016-2040)  (11/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre has a strict and linear bouquet with gorgeous scents of lemon curd, quince and slate. It is perhaps less open than the Vaillons but it gains intensity in the glass, aeration accentuating those slate-like aromas. The palate is more low-keyed compared to other premier crus, but still fresh and tensile with a waxy, almost Rhône-like, marzipan-tinged finish that lingers. It is a fine 2015 but in this vintage I feel it is surpassed by the Vaillons and the Séchet. (NM)  (8/2017)

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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.