2017 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1412725 98 points Decanter

 The Dauvissat holdings touch La Moutonne but make a very different style to the Long-Depaquit wine. Fine, delicate and subtle, this lightly wooded grand cru takes your breath away with its focus, poise, and its thrilling length. Drinking Window 2024-2035. (TA)  (7/2018)

97 points John Gilman

 There was just a touch of frost damage in the domaine’s holdings in les Preuses in 2017, so the yields here were down by ten percent. The wine is brilliant, offering up a deep and enormously complex nose of grapefruit, tart pear, green apple, a kaleidoscopic base of chalky and oyster shell minerality, orange peel, a whisper of vanillin oak and an exotic, savory topnote that is redolent of fresh tarragon! On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, racy and absolutely rock solid at the core, with great detail and complexity. The finish is very, very long, youthfully reserved and vibrant, with laser-like focus and great grip. A magical les Preuses in the making, but give it some time in the cellar to really blossom. Drink from 2026-2075.  (1/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Vincent Dauvissat's 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is extraordinary, blossoming in the glass with aromas of orange blossom, smoky oyster shell and wet stones, followed by a full-bodied, satiny and searingly chalky palate that's strikingly multidimensional, pure and precise, with a bright spine of acidity and a long, resonating finish. From barrel, I described this wine as the "essence of rocks," and from bottle, I wrote exactly the same words. (WK) 97+  (8/2019)

96-97 points James Suckling

 Very ripe peaches and yellow citrus with a wealth of flinty aromas that really reflect this stunning terroir. Intense white peppers here. Complex and super mineral with a very deep and dense palate. Elegant with power. Stunning. Incredible exuberant style. A regal, commanding Chablis!  (7/2018)

95-97 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru, of which there are 13 barrels this year, has a very pure and refined bouquet that offers gunflint, and steely scents that are almost Zen-like for this particular Grand Cru. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine line of acidity, subtle notes of nutmeg and brown spices underneath a carapace of mineral-rich citrus fruit that fan out in sophisticated fashion on the finish. Brilliant.(NM)  (7/2018)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The barest hint of the exotic can be found on the citrusy pear and green apple aromas that display an abundance of classic Chablis characters. Once again the mouth feel of the medium weight plus flavors is strikingly pure and refined with outstanding intensity while the copious dry extract does an impeccable job of buffering the firm acid spine shaping the gorgeously long finish. This is, in a word, terrific.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

93-96 points from Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Clear bright colour, a luxury nose, the woolly cashmere aspect of Preuses in the best sense. Rounded ripe fruit wants to emerge. A generous ripeness last to be picked, but what a huge and glorious weight to it. Was backward throughout the growing season. Picked much later than his neighbours." (05/2018)

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