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2019 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539459 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet opens in the glass with scents of citrus oil, white flowers, beeswax, oyster shell, wet chalk and mandarin. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and strikingly intense, it's taut and chiseled, with tangy acids and huge reserves of concentration, concluding with a pungently chalky finish. As I've written before, Séchet—where Dauvissat owns a 0.8-hectare parcel—is located in the Vaillons Valley, but its windier situation and soils richer in active limestone mean it's typically more tensile and incisive than the other climats that make up Vaillons. Technically retired but very much a continuing presence at his eponymous domaine, Vincent Dauvissat—who forsook a career as a shepherd to become one of France's most celebrated vignerons—couldn't disguise his satisfaction as we tasted his recently bottled 2019 portfolio. After some discussion, we settled on the 1989 vintage ("but tighter and more incisive") as a possible analogy for 2019's hyper-concentrated, ripe, but all the while classically Chablisien style. In any case, they're some of the wines of the vintage and are well worth seeking out. Readers will remember that farming here is organic but without certification. The harvest is by hand, and the wines ferment in tank before racking to barrel with the lees (Raveneau's Chablis, by contrast, are racked to barrel more or less without their lees), spending a second winter in wood before bottling. A first bottling, destined for the American market, (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chablis Séchets 1er Cru has an elegant and more floral bouquet compared to Vincent Dauvissat’s other 2019s, beautifully defined and offering baked apple, pear and white flower scents. The palate is well balanced with a spicy opening, plus hints of stem ginger and walnut. Quite tensile and full on the finish. Good potential here. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A markedly citrusy and noticeably cooler nose combines notes of mineral reduction with those of pear and apple confit. There is again very good volume and mid-palate density on the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that are also quite dry on the balanced finale. This is a powerful Séchet that is even more robust and one that will need to add depth with age, but it should do just that if given a chance. Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

89-92pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "More pale yellow than lime. An opulent perfumed ripe peach nose. You might expect a more ample mouthful afterwards, but it finishes dry, Sécher can’t help itself. The aromatics are a little different compared to other years, the structure remains the same. Good length." (09/2020)

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