CHABLIS

2017 Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

EN PRIMEUR

The vines here are nearly 50 years old. This is super lithe. High-toned and has beautiful tension. Clean as a whistle. Pure, long and with rising minerality. There is a deep and intense fruit core of zinging citrus flesh. A scintillating, totally delicious intensity. An incredible wine for its energy, concentration and lift. Seriously impressive. Drinking range: 2019 - 2040L&S(Oct 2018)

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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 range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 98 Tim Atkin MW - Decanter(Dec 2018)

(from a 1 ha parcel planted in 1970). 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. 2029+ Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)

The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses promises to be one of the wines of the vintage, unfurling in the glass with notes of wet stones, oystershell, peach pit, honeycomb and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and multidimensional, with a satiny attack and a deep, concentrated core, concluding with a long and searingly mineral finish. Tasting like the essence of rocks, it already stands out for its completeness and elegance. Rating: 95-97 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2018)

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. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Aug 2018)

A domaine of 12.7 hectares, comprising a hectare each of the Grands Crus Clos and Preuses, 3.7ha of Premier Cru Forest, 1.3ha of Vaillons, 0.4ha of Séchet, .3ha of Montée de Tonnerre, 3.3ha of Chablis, 1.1ha of Petit Chablis, and .6ha of Irancy (red).

Vincent Dauvissat remains one of the (if not the) leading lights of Chablis, and his wines are always in high demand and limited volume.

Vincent's grandfather Robert was the first to start bottling under the family name in 1931 and Vincent uses the same cellar today - but the family have been growing grapes here since the 18th century. Today his single-minded determination in the vineyard, where he follows biodynamic principles (without certification) followed by very subtle use of old oak barrels as part of a long élevage, produce some of Chablis' most age-worthy and fascinating wines.

Vincent advises drinking the Grands Crus either young, (within the first three years) or after 10 years when they are becoming fully evolved. Serve at 13C, so that the wine will warm up to about 15C before tasting - any colder masks the subtleties. He prefers to serve the wine directly in glasses rather than decanting it, so as not to miss the first nose and its evolution - with an old wine he advises simply smelling this evolution over the first half an hour before tasting.

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