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

SKU #1539462 92-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a very fragrant bouquet with yellow flowers flanking the sensual citrus and orange peel scents. Very harmonious. The palate is well balanced with a slightly honeyed texture on the entry. A fine bitter edge counters the richness that defines the finish. A slightly more opulent style from Dauvissat... but still Chablis. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is one of the more expressive wines in the range at this early stage, wafting from the glass with notes of lime zest, crisp stone fruit, freshly baked bread and subtle hints of nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and precise, it's a lively, penetrating wine that will offer a broad drinking window. The Vaillons comes from holdings where the soils are deeper than in Séchet, and that shows in greater textural plentitude. 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, sees a light filtration; a second bottling—some of which is sealed with wax, some of which sees a foil capsule and some(WK) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A classic Chablis nose features notes of oyster shell, iodine and mineral reduction on the ripe but fresh white aromas of passion fruit and pear where a background whiff of phenolic character is discernible. The rich yet racy saliva-inducing medium weight flavors possess equally good length and balance. This firm effort will also need to add depth over the next 6 to 8 years. *Burghound Outstanding!* Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

93-95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale lemon. A leaner stricter nose after the comparative opulence of Sécher. Then gorgeous ripe lemon zest, flavours, which fill the mouth then refine to a clean pure long finish. Deep limestone marls here retained enough humidity. Very long, very classic, great wine." (09/2020)


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