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Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat, Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru, Burgundy, France, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
Jean Dauvissat, and his son Sebastian, are the most recent in an extended line of the Dauvissat family that has been in possession of this notable domaine since 1899. The cave is positioned under the family house which dates from the 17th century and where the road to the hamlet of Chichée begins. The first formal bottling of wines under the Dauvissat label occurred on a limited scale in 1963. Then, in 1978 and 1979, Jean Dauvissat increased production to 3,000 bottles per annum. The physical expansion of the domaine under his management, along with ever-increasing quality and accompanying renown, has resulted in the cessation of sales to negociants and the bottling of the entire annual production of approximately 50,000 bottles. An unfortunate accident resulted in the untimely death of Jean Dauvissat several years ago. Sebastien Dauvissat continues the work of this historic domaine in collaboration with Evelyne Dauvissat, Jean’s wife. The domaine encompasses slightly less than 10 hectares of vineyards. The Grand Cru vineyards are south-facing; the 1er Cru vineyards have a full southeast exposure; and the village property faces northwest. All are hillside sites with an “argilo-calcaire” soil composition heavily marked by small stones that provide for excellent drainage. Of course, the entire vineyard surface is underlain by the Kimmeridgian limestone that makes Chablis one of the most unique wine-producing areas in the world. Harvest levels vary extensively according to age of vines and vintage conditions. Levels for the village wine may reach 60 hectoliters per hectare in particularly generous years whereas the 1er Cru vineyards usually yield approximately 45 to 50 hectoliters per hectare. However, the old vines section of Vaillons (composed in large part of vineyards in excess of 65 years of age) frequently yields less than 25 hectoliters per hectare. The other vineyards are planted to vines between 20 and 40 years of age. The cellars of the Dauvissat domaine are equipped with the most modern materials. Fermentation and elevage of the village and premier cru wines occurs for the most part in stainless steel. The old vines cuvee of Vaillons and the Les Preuses are partially barrel fermented and barrel aged with about 25% of the oak being new. The wines are traditionally bottled 18 to 20 months after harvest. On occasion, certain of the other 1er Crus may pass part of the elevage in barrel as well, particularly when harvest levels are low.

Grape / Blend
Chardonnay

Origin
Burgundy, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Dauvissat holdings are slightly in excess of 4 hectares with seven-tenths of a hectare being devoted to the old vines planting. The "Vaillons" vineyard lies in the center of the large 1er Cru hillside on the southwestern side of Chablis. The vines are on a steep slope and have a south-southeast exposition. Amongst the 1er Crus at the Dauvissat domaine, the "Vaillons" is perhaps the most typical "Chablisien" with its clear reference to the Kimmeridgian subsoils. Intensely mineral wine with a persistent finish.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Hay, chalk and lemon have overtones of ripe Williams pear and juicy Mirabelle plum on the inviting nose of this wine. The palate holds the same fruitiness and layers of aroma but it presents them in a more linear, stony and cool fashion. Rounded and creamy ripeness from the 2018 vintage reappears on the finish but has a cooler spin.

90-92 Points - Vinous
The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru shows lovely texture and body, with the natural resonance that is such a signature of this warm site. Lemon peel, marzipan, spice and crushed flowers are all nicely supported by pretty veins of minerality. The 2018 is quite attractive and promising.
91 Points - Burghound
There is better typicity to the white orchard fruit, smoky mineral reduction and sea breeze-inflected nose. There is also better volume and richness to the delicious and caressing medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a sappy if slightly warm finale. This understated effort should also drink well on the younger side. 

Product size: 750ml

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