The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet has a tightly wound bouquet that needs some rigorous swirling of the glass. It almost reluctantly offers up citrus fruit, walnut, smoke and faint oyster shell aromas, the latter becoming more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is understated on the entry with just a dash of lemongrass, but then there is a wave of lemon curd, Chinese five spice and ginger notes that seem to flood across the senses. Because this is perhaps not a top tier premier cru, it does not quite have the persistence of the Montée de Tonnerre (for example) but it is unquestionably complex and compelling. (NM)
The hallmark citrus elements are present in force on the essence of pear, sea breeze and floral-nuanced nose. The mouth feel of the medium weight flavors is finer if perhaps not quite as rich while offering very fine length on the balanced finale. This will need a few years to develop more depth but the underlying material is here.
The 2016 Séchet from the Dauvissats shows outstanding potential and is nicely reserved in profile out of the blocks. The wine offers up a classic, youthful bouquet of lemon, apple, beeswax, chalky soil tones and white flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a racy girdle of acidity, a fine core and lovely focus and grip on the perfectly balanced and snappy finish. This will need a couple of years to really start to stir. 2020-2040+.
Bright lemon-yellow color. Tight, reticent nose hints at citrus peel and metallic minerality, plus a suggestion of dried fruits. Then juicy and lemony on the palate, showing a distinctly upright quality and pronounced minerality but with an essential pliancy of texture. I like the balance of sweetness, acidity and minerality here. Dauvissat compared this wine to the 2006 version but noted that the earlier vintage was higher in alcohol and doesn't have the same balance as '16. (ST)
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