2015 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1300817 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru la Forest has one of the more mineral-driven aromatic profiles from Dauvissat this year: very focused with granite and flint-like aromas emerging from the glass. The palate is extremely well balanced, tightly wound at first with outstanding spiciness and mineralité, fanning out wonderfully with a quite compelling finish that lingers in the mouth. This is so cohesive and tensile, the persistence just one of the best you will find this vintage. (NM)  (8/2016)

94 points Decanter

 Ripe and charming, intense and lifted. Showing purity of fruit and clarity, although the aromas are currently quite subdued. Racy and beautifully poised, with a very long finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028  (2/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Initially mute nose grudgingly gives up scents of citrus fruits, rosemary and earth. Sappy and incisive in the mouth, with penetrating citrus-dominated flavors joined by mineral-driven salinity on the long, pure finish. A terrific premier cru in the making, this Forest really stains the palate. (ST)  (7/2016)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet Spot Outstanding* This is aromatically even more complex if perhaps a bit less elegant with its pure array of citrus, iodine, tidal pool, citrus peel and apple aromas. There is excellent punch to the full-bodied and muscular middle weight flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the moderately firm acid spine. This powerful effort should reward from 6 to 10 years of bottle age and is another in a long line of fine examples of La Forest from Vincent Dauvissat. Drink: 2022+  (10/2016)

93 points John Gilman

 I love Vincent Dauvissat’s La Forest and the 2015 is an absolutely classic version! The bouquet is pure, nascently complex and very expressive, wafting from the glass in a fine, fine blend of flinty, wet stone minerality, pear, lime, a whisper of the coming beeswax, candied lemon peel and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with an open attack, an outstanding sense of reserve at the core, bright acids and excellent lift and cut on the very long, zesty finish. This is fairly open in personality today, but it has additional layers of complexity to offer to those with a bit of patience. 2016- 2040. 93+  (11/2016)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.