I was able to taste three wines from Vincent Dauvissat. Starting with the 2018 Chablis, it’s beautifully done and unquestionably cut from the same cloth as the single vineyard releases. Offering up tons of salted citrus, crushed stone-like minerality, and hints of seaside-like iodine and marine notes, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, bright, racy acidity, solid mid-palate depth, and a crisp, laser focused texture and finish. As with the other wines here, it needs bottle age. Give bottles at least 3-4 years, if not longer, and it should evolve gracefully over the following decade.
This is held on a reductive edge with refined, contained and certainly fresh citrus notes. The palate has very rich and assertive limes and white peaches. Very long, gently mealy and composed. More fruit than minerals, but very taut and refined for AC Chablis. Drink on release.
A ripe and wonderfully fresh nose also flashes plenty of classic Chablis character on the white-fleshed fruit and floral nose where background notes of iodine and oyster shell are present. The sleek, delicious and vibrant medium weight flavors exude evident minerality on the clean, dry and balanced finale. This is a quality Chablis villages.
The 2018 Chablis is very pretty, nuanced and light on its feet, with silky, floral notes of lemon confit and white flowers. Dauvissat's village Chablis is classic and understated. I have seen it blossom with a few years in bottle, which I suspect will be the case here as well. (AG)
I always like Vincent Dauvissat’s Chablis villages bottling and the 2018 vintage is no exception. The wine is ripe and generously forward in style this year, but also with great cut and grip and a good foundation of acidity, so it is going to be delicious from the moment it is released. The nose delivers a fine constellation of pear, tangerine, a good base of limestone, dried flowers and citrus peel. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with slightly broader shoulders than customary, but with a fine girdle of acidity, excellent grip and focus and a long, complex and wide open finish. There is a bit of uncustomary power here for this cuvée, but I do not think anyone is going to complain. 2020-2035+.
The 2018 Chablis is showing very well, offering up a pretty bouquet of citrus oil, crisp orchard fruit, oatmeal and beeswax. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and charming, built around ripe but lively acids and concluding with a delicately saline finish. Unusually youthfully charming and open-knit for a Dauvissat Chablis, while remaining very true to the appellation and the domaine's style, this will drink well comparatively young. (WK)
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