The 2012 Chablis La Forest is one of the most reticent wines in this range. Here it is the wine's phenolic weight and vertical sense of structure that stand out. Lemon oil, ash, smoke and petrol are some of the many nuances that inform a tightly-wound finish that never really opens up. The 2012 Forest is a wine for the patient, but it is shaping up to be a gem. (AG)
Soil-driven aromas of apple, biscuit, chlorophyll, fern, anise and flowers. Quite rich, sappy and concentrated, conveying a strong impression of dry extract and stony minerality. Powerful, very solidly built premier cru with a very long finish tinged by licorice. I would not be surprised if this wine needs a good seven or eight years of cellaring to approach its peak. (ST)
There is a blue crab-like alliance of salinity, iodine, and hidden sweetness in Dauvissat's 2012 Chablis La Forest (tasted from cask) that certainly has its mouthwatering counterpart in the scallops evoked by the corresponding Sechet; and this is detectable already in the nose, where there is also a faint and intriguing fungal note, plus the sort of chalk dust, fusil oils, smoke and fresh lemon that could almost begin losing their mystery for you if you-re tasting Chablis for days at a time (how can these scents and flavors come from grapes?) simply because they are part and parcel of this region-s Kimmeridgian connection. This (in more than one sense) polished performer should continue to impress through at least 2020. (DS)
*Outstanding* A complex if distinctly reserved nose is comprised by green fruit, citrus rind, sea shore and iodine scents. There is excellent concentration to the intense flavors that are at once fleshy yet delineated and are followed by a notably saline-infused finish that delivers excellent length. This balanced, intense and ageworthy effort should reward up to a decade of cellar time, perhaps even a bit more.
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