2017 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408812 93 points James Suckling

 More waxy, fresh apples and some pear nuances here. A chalky refined nose with very very pure white peaches. Steely, too. Softer, more plush and smooth. More topsoil here, so it delivers more weight. The length is impressive. Succulent, long lime and grapefruit flavors. Some pastry to close. Try from 2020.  (7/2018)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A lightly exotic nose consists of pure white orchard fruit and muscat nuances that display background hints of floral character, mineral reduction and seaweed. The rich, round, succulent and concentrated flavors possess an opulent but balanced finish where the minerality really comes to the fore. Once again, this excellent effort should age well over the mid-term. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (7/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru, which was slightly touched by the frost at the bottom of the incline, has a composed bouquet that unfurls with yellow plum, beeswax and jasmine aromas that seem to gain momentum in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension, quite linear in style with a poised, mineral-driven finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Very fine, the most subtle of Vincent’s wines this year. (NM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale in colour again, dry on the nose again, then more sumptuous fruit behind before tailing in to the classical finish. Sublime purity and intensity, absolutely typical of its terroir." (01/2019)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.