- Dauvissat Chablis Village 2014 Product #30590 (In Stock)
Yes, the Dauvissat village Chablis costs as much as many growers’ 1er Crus. I’d argue it out-drinks most 1er Cru Chablis, though. It’s very, very, good and you can drink it tonight with joy and satisfaction.
“Pure, bright yellow. Aromas of crushed rock and ginger. Sweet, ripe and satisfying, offering considerable early appeal to its stone fruit and spice flavors. Much more tender than the Petit Chablis and totally different in style. Should make an outstanding and complete village wine.” Vinous (Tanzer) 89-91 points
“Here the nose is compositionally similar to the Petit Chablis though at the same time more elegant and more complex. There is impressive volume and richness to the seductively textured middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the sappy, balanced and solidly persistent finish. This too should drink well young.”Allen Meadows 88-91 points
- Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2014 Product #30591 (In Stock)
From 50+ year-old vines on hard white chalk-laced soils, Sechet delivers a fine blend of ripe fruit and classic Chablis stoniness.
“Bright yellow. Tight nose hints at crushed stone and menthol, plus a whiff of petrol. Tactile, intense and clean; shows strong minerality and acidity, and thenervosité that comes from calcaire, and yet it's not austere. A lovely ripe peach flavor emerged with air.” Vinous (Tanzer) 90-92 points
“Despite the fact that this had only just finished its malo, the expressive nose displays plenty of citrus and Chablis-like elements that can also be found on the succulent yet vibrant middle weight flavors that are underpinned by racy acidity on the lingering and notably dry but not really austere finale.” Allen Meadows 89-91 points
- Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014 Product #30592 (In Stock)
Vaillons is always vivid, focused, and very mineral-driven, and the 2014 edition shines in that vein. Over the past few vintages, Dauvissat’s Vaillons has shown a bit more flesh on the mid-palate, making it a fine choice to enjoy young and with age.
“Bright, pale yellow-green. Lemon, menthol and wet stone on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy, intense and firm, delivering sharply chiseled lemon and mineral flavors. Strong acidity suggests early harvesting. Really vibrates and rises on the long, brisk aftertaste. A terrific Vaillons.” Vinous (Tanzer) 91-93 points
“Notes of cool mineral reduction combine with restrained aromas of mostly white orchard fruit, iodine, pepper and hints of algae. The gorgeously textured middle weight flavors exhibit plenty of minerality on the tighter, more intense and chiseled finish that deliver excellent length. This beauty should drink well both young and old as there is very good mid-palate density.”Allen Meadows 90-93 points
- Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru La Forest 2014 Product #30593 (In Stock)
Cooler soils than Vaillon and Sechet means Forest (or Forets – you’ll see it both ways) ripens a bit more slowly, but these 40 year-old vines (average age) deliver concentration and honeyed richness that’s uncommon at the 1er Cru level. Always a personal favorite and at its best about 4-5 years from the vintage.
“Pale, bright yellow. Underripe pineapple, white grapefruit, mint and crushed stone on the nose. Offers a compelling combination of texture and energy on the palate, showing incisive grapefruit and crushed rock flavors and finishing with near-grand cru depth and persistence. A superb Forest.” Vinous (Tanzer) 92-94 points
“This is more restrained still, indeed so much so that the nose only reluctantly reveals its notes of classic Chablis aromas that include green fruit, iodine, tidal pool and oyster shell. There is outstanding volume and almost painful intensity to the medium-bodied flavors that brim with a fine minerality before concluding in a stony, long and impeccably well-balanced finale where once again a hint of bitter lemon appears. This will need a few years of bottle age to fully harmonize and to become more accessible.” Allen Meadows 91-93 points
- Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2014 Product #30594 (In Stock)
The largest of Chablis Grand Cru, probably the first planted, and usually credited as the very best. Les Clos never lacks for depth or power, but can be more restrained and even shy in its youth. A profound, even intellectual, wine that you really should try from 2020.
“Pale, bright yellow. Knockout pristine nose combines white grapefruit, quinine and iodine; at once perfumed and powerful. A wine of great energy and finesse, conveying outstanding cut and precision to its flavors of citrus peel, grapefruit, lavender and dusty stone. The Preuses is as thick as this Clos but this wine is even more sharply delineated. Finishes with extraordinary energy and rising length. Dauvissat owns 1.7 hectares in this great grand cru.” Vinous (Tanzer) 95-98 points
“It would be all but impossible to mistake this for something other than Chablis as the pungent aromas of oyster shell, iodine and ocean shore elements immediately announce its origins. There is superb intensity to the powerful and concentrated flavors that display so much minerality that the palate impression is akin to licking rocks. Yet for all of the intensity and power this remains impeccably well-balanced on the hugely long and saline-infused finale. I don't usually find all that much difference in quality between the Dauvissat Les Clos and Preuses at this stage, but in 2014 the Clos appears to possess a significant edge.”Allen Meadows 93-96 points
- Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2014 Product #30595 (In Stock)
On the northern end of the Grand Cru slope, Preuses gets plenty of sunshine – an aid to ripening – but has an amphitheater shape that protects Dauvissat’s vines from the heat of the afternoon sun. The result is a ripe, succulent, Grand Cru that avoids exotic notes and retains all of the wonderful Chablis acidity and minerality we love.
“Dauvissat pulled this sample from a 1959 barrel! Bright yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of peach oil and linden flower. Dense, concentrated and sharply chiseled if quite closed today, with white peach and floral flavors lifted by an intense spiciness. Boasts terrific energy and cut but hiding as much as it's showing today. Finishes with palate-staining lemony length.” Vinous (Tanzer) 93-96 points
“A strikingly pretty and beautifully well-layered nose offers up notes of mineral reduction, fresh citrus, apple and a plethora of classic Chablis characters all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is fine richness, volume and mid-palate concentration to the bigger and more powerful middle weight plus flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the surprisingly powerful finish. As it usually does this combines punch with finesse and it should thoroughly reward extended keeping.”Allen Meadows 92-94 points