Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" Vincent Dauvissat 2018
Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis
A strong case can be made that, of all the places where Chardonnay is grown, Chablis produces the most distinctive wines. Even “village” wines from good producers have a unique charm and minerality. But in the hands of a true master, working with old vines and elite vineyards, Chablis can scale heights unknown to other Chardonnay makers.
Such is the case with the wines of René & Vincent Dauvissat. Along with François Raveneau, Dauvissat is unquestionably Chablis’ greatest producer, owning some of the oldest and best vineyards,
The Chablis parcel is adjacent to and faces Dauvissat’s La Forest. Forming opposite sides of a small valley, they share the classic Kimmeridgian soil, giving the Chablis the honeyed richness and 8 to 12-year aging potential of a premier cru. Made in miniscule quanitities, these are often the rarest and hardest to find of all of Dauvissat’s wines.
A very strong, flinty yellow grapefruit and lime-leaf edge with a waxy, steely mineral core, making it a really exciting nose. There's additional depth here, from white peppery minerals to chalk. Super fine and tight. This has a scintillatingly pure, fresh and powerful with a richer texture powered by very strong acidity. Exceptional.