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2018 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1471159 91-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is such a gorgeous wine. Specifically, the 2018 expresses the natural richness of the year and yet retains a good bit of freshness and focus as well. Creamy, silky and pulsing with energy, the Vaillons has so much to offer. Lemon confit, white flowers and mint are beautifully laced together throughout.(AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Some savory and lemon-pastry aromas here. The palate has such fleshy peaches and white nectarines, as well as mangoes. Very round, open and fluid wine. Acidity has the final word. So long and densely mineral at the finish. Try from 2023. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From a warmer terroir, the 2018 Chablis Vaillons offers a racy, mineral-laced, even salty style that has lots of pear and stone fruits as well as notes of white flowers, iodine, and honeysuckle. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, it has good (maybe not great) concentration, racy yet integrated acidity, and beautiful balance. Again, the minerality and salinity on the palate are something, and it benefits markedly from air, showing at its best on day two. A solid 3-4 years of bottle age are warranted, and it should evolve for a decade or more. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Dauvissat family’s Vaillons is a tad more precise and classical in personality than the Séchet this year, offering up a beautiful bouquet of apple, tangerine, a hint of grapefruit, chalky minerality and a lovely topnote of lemon zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, long and vibrant, with a very pretty core of ripe (but not overripe) fruit, lovely mineral drive, zesty acids and a long, well-balanced and utterly charming finish. 2022-2045+. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Wafting from the glass with aromas of golden orchard fruit, honey comb, confit citrus, oatmeal and crisp green apple, Dauvissat's 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a generous core of fruit, lively acids, and a long, saline finish. This is an unusually demonstrative, fruit-driven Vaillons from Dauvissat, though it does retain plenty of Chablisien character. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A fresh, bracing version, offering lemon, apple and light spice flavors. Clean and expressive, this picks up a mineral element as it builds to a long finish. Fine intensity. Drink now through 2028. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark An admirably pure nose offers up aromas of various white-fleshed fruit, mineral reduction and lemon rind. There is reasonable volume and richness to the caressing yet punchy and powerful flavors that brim with minerality that carries over to the tension-filled, dry and balanced finale. This isn't super-dense though I very much like the intensity and overall, this is a wine that should reward mid-term keeping. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

90-94pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Clear fresh pale colour, then an amazing sweetly ripe succulence but still the classical balance. Only fairly concentrated at the back but this is so sensual, gaining tension as the vines age."

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