The Dauvissat 2011 Chablis Vaillons offers a striking contrast with its Sechet sibling, evoking ocean spray, clam juices, and fresh lemon, infused with chalk and iodine. This feels firm yet buoyant. Toasted nut piquancy adds to the impressive sense of grip harbored by this, for its vintage, relatively austere and robust bottling, one that should be worth following through at least 2020. (DS)
Here the nose is not quite as refined but is a bit more complex with perfumed, fresh and cool aromas of mineral reduction along with background nuances of lemon zest, iodine and algae. There is excellent density to the extract-rich flavors that possess outstanding length on the chiseled and highly energetic finish. This too should offer fine aging potential. *Outstanding*
The 2011 Dauvissat Vaillons is another classic in the making, as the wine offers up a lovely nose of green apple, tart orange, complex, limestone minerality, beeswax, floral tones and just a touch of vanillin oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and utterly suave on the attack, with a lovely core of fruit, crisp acids, excellent focus and cut and a very long, poised and perfectly balanced finish. Lovely juice, the 2011 Vaillons will be accessible on the early side, but I would give it at least a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers to emerge. Drink between 2016-2040.
Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of white peach, oatmeal and iodiney oyster shell. The palate offers a captivating combination of sweet white peach and pineapple fruit and strong underlying minerality, along with a hint of vanilla. Turns more austere and dry on the long, stony finish. This is not obviously better than the Sechet.(ST)
The 2011 Chablis Vaillons is unusually flashy, ripe and exotic . Peach, lychee, mint and a host of tropical-infused aromas and flavors flesh out in this radiant, deeply resonant Chablis. It will be fascinating to watch the 2011 as it develops over the coming years. The style is decidedly racy. (AG)
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