Domaine Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2016 through Merchant of Wine

Domaine Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
Domaine Vincent Dauvissat is arguably the finest Domaine in Chablis. Established in the 1970s by Robert Dauvissat, the Domaine has passed down from father to son for three generations. Robert’s son René is to thank for establishing the reputation of the Domaine. Vincent began working with his father, René, in the 1970s and today runs the Domaine. A loyal following among France’s most esteemed restaurateurs sharply limits the availability of Dauvissat wines for export. Despite limited quantities, the wines have attracted the praise and attention of critics worldwide.

Vinification at the domaine is painstaking and traditional at a time when many growers in Chablis have adopted methods permitting increased yields producing simple wines that reach maturity quickly. Vincent Dauvissat, on the other hand, gives all his wines at least a year in Nevers oak, a portion of which is new each vintage. This practice, imposed on top-quality grapes slowly and carefully fermented, results in wines that are deep, complex, and long-lived. They are clearly characteristic of their respective cru, exhibiting the steely bite so typical of Chablis, but with a purity, intensity of flavor, and structural soundness increasingly rare in the region’s wines.

Grape / Blend
Chardonnay

Origin
Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes
Here the ripe and fresh nose displays a bit more Chablis typicity on the pear and white peach aromas that also flashes a touch of exotic character. The suave, indeed even silky medium-bodied flavors possess slightly more size, weight and mid-palate concentration while delivering sneaky good length on the sappy and well-balanced finale. This isn't classic in style but it is attractive in its fashion and should also drink well young.  Burghound 89 Outstanding!

91 Points - Vinous
Pale, bright yellow. Classic citrus scents of lemon and grapefruit. At once sweeter, deeper and more energetic than the Petit Chablis, conveying an almost plush texture to its citrus fruit flavors. After the creamy middle, the finish is firm, taut and incisive. With its moderate acidity, this wine will drink well young but it will also have mid-term aging potential.

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chablis Villages is very good, unfurling in the glass with aromas of honey, preserved citrus, oatmeal, oystershell and subtly smoky reduction. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, with tangy acids. It's not as pure and incisive as the greatest Dauvissat vintages, but it would be difficult to find a better Chablis AOC bottling in 2016

Product size: 750ml

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