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

SKU #1417323 98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is another positively dazzling wine in Vincent Dauvissat's cellar. Powerful and deep, with seemingly endless layers of flavor that develop in the glass, the Clos is utterly mesmerizing from the first taste. Lemon confit, exotic white flowers and crushed rocks are some of the notes that develop. More than anything else, the Clos is a wine of total seduction and rapturous beauty. Don't miss it. (AG) 98+ Inner quote mark (1/2020)

97 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 les Clos from the Dauvissat family, like the la Forest, does not show any out of the ordinary concentration from its frost-limited yields and is again, an utterly classical expression of this great terroir. The wine delivers great complexity and breed in its aromatic constellation of pink grapefruit, lemon, pear, flinty minerality, citrus peel, salty overtones and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and racy, with a great core, stunning mineral drive, racy acids and impeccable cut and balance on the very, very long and complex finish. Brilliant juice. 2027-2075. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

96-97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has such completeness and very expressive long powerful palate with a wealth of ripe lemons, grapefruit, peaches and nectarines. So much in this glass of wine! The length, power, finesse and seamlessness is staggering. Such intense fruit with flesh and depth. Super long, intense and compelling. Light but intense. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Seven parcels - four above the path and three below it - go into this classic expression of Les Clos, now, alas, reduced in volume because of replanting and inheritance. Broad, honeyed and powerful, it has a sappy, stony acidity. It makes a nice pair with Les Preuses. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032. (TA) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is more powerful than the Preuses, offering up a more extroverted expression of fruit with notes of lemon oil and mandarin, mingling with nuances of beeswax, dried white flowers and iodine. On the palate, it's fuller-bodied and more textural, with chewy extract and substance but with bright balancing acids and a long, stony finish. For finesse and complexity, the Preuses has the edge at this early stage, whereas Les Clos leads in terms of mass and impact. As is consistently the case, Vincent Dauvissat has fashioned some of the finest wines to be found in both the 2016 and 2017 vintages. 2016 is a small crop, amounting to a mere third of an average harvest. The wines are comparatively low in acidity, with notable concentration, but remaining tense, pure and incisive. By the standards of Dauvissat's wines, I suspect they will prove comparatively precocious but hold well—perhaps evoking the 1992 vintage. The domaine also suffered in 2017, though not as badly, losing some 30% of a normal harvest. The remaining grapes were ripe and clean, producing wines best described as classic but charming. As at several other addresses where long sur lie élevage is the norm, I caught the nascent 2017s very early in their evolution, so I'll try to look at them again later in the year. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark I often prefer Dauvissat's Preuses to his Les Clos but at this very early point, it appears that the Les Clos has the barest of edges though that of course may very well change with bottle age. The nose makes clear that it could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its cool array of iodine, oyster shell, mineral reduction and sea breeze whiffs that are punctuated by floral, citrus and pear scents. The ultra-sleek and almost painfully intense mineral-inflected big-bodied flavors possess first-rate power and punch before culminating in a sappy, hugely long and super-saline finish. Magnificent but note well that at least some patience required. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

93-96 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale with the faintest green tint, less welcoming than Preuses at this stage but still with great nobility. Much fresher fruit, green and tangerine, but still ripe, youthful exuberance, cutting edge. Its the wealth through the middle which counts. Tasted: May 2018."

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