Pale yellow. Musky, slightly high-toned aromas of lemon, lavender, hazelnut and white pepper, complicated by suggestions of earth and toast. Sappy and densely packed but youthfully imploded; less glyceral today than the Forest and Vaillons but boasts explosive minerality and outstanding inner-mouth lift. The chewy, extremely long finish perfumes the taste buds with citrus peel, flowers and spices. A superb and very ripe example of this grand cru. (ST)
Tasting note: Here the nose is superbly complex still with a strikingly nuanced array of green fruit, sea breeze, iodine and wet stone aromas that complement perfectly the detailed, intense and palate drenching flavors that culminate in an explosive, salty and dry finish. As it almost always is chez Dauvissat, what really distinguishes this wine from the others in the range is the Zen-like sense of harmony. In a word, beautiful.
The 2009 Chablis Les Preuses reveals a rich fabric of finely spun fruit. There is a silkiness and finesse to the Preuses that is hard to fully capture with words. White flowers, mint and citrus peel are some of the nuances that come together in this beautifully articulated, complete Chablis. The round, harmonious finish points to many years of very fine drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029. (AG)
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