2017 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407896 96 points Decanter

 Now reduced to 3.7ha since 0.8ha were given to his nephew, Vincent Dauvissat's 12 parcels of Forest (his spelling) are still producing a spellbinding wine. It's all almond paste, beeswax and oyster shell, with a drizzle of honey. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032. (TA)  (7/2018)

95 points James Suckling

 Has a very strong, flinty yellow grapefruit and lime-leaf edge with a waxy, steely mineral core, making it a really exciting nose. There’s additional depth here, from white peppery minerals to chalk. Super fine and tight. This has a scintillatingly pure, fresh and powerful with a richer texture powered by very strong acidity. Exceptional.  (7/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A brilliant rendition of Vincent Dauvissat's emblematic premier cru, the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru La Forest reveals a complex bouquet of oyster shell, crisp green apple and lemon oil mingled with notes of dried white flowers and freshly baked bread. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and complete, with a deep and concentrated core, striking energy and cut and a long, mineral finish. Amounting to some 4.5 hectares, La Forest accounts for a third of the domaine's surface area, so it will be the easiest Dauvissat wine for readers to find. Happily, it ranks alongside the 2014 and 2008 as one of the very best of recent years. (WK)  (8/2019)

94 points John Gilman

 It was the lower portion of the slope in la Forest that was frosted in Monsieur Dauvissat’s holdings in this excellent premier cru, but the wine does not show any of the overly concentrated aspects that certain 2017s from frosted-vineyards show in this vintage. Rather, the wine is very pure, precise and classical in profile and an absolutely beautiful wine in the making. The bouquet soars from the glass in a lovely combination of green apple, grapefruit, flinty minerality, dried flowers, just a whisper of vanillin oak and a youthful topnote of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full and nicely reserved in personality, with outstanding mid-palate depth, excellent mineral drive, snappy acids and impeccable balance on the very long and nascently complex finish. A great vintage of la Forest. 2023-2060.  (11/2018)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically cooler than the Vaillons with its airy combination of algae, lemon rind and wet stone where the latter element can also be found on the sleek, intense and energetic middle weight plus flavors that are a bit finer than usual, all wrapped in a bone dry and aggressively mineral-driven finale. A classic La Forest that is clearly built-to-age.  (10/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis La Forest 1er Cru was the most reduced of Vincent Dauvissat’s wines from barrel and difficult to read. The palate is more representative: superb tension thanks to a razor-like bead of acidity, very saline in the mouth so you perceive an almost jolting dryness on the finish but paradoxically and enormously long spicy aftertaste. What a cerebral proposition this is.(NM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Pale colour, exceptionally complex nose, the blue clay playing its part. Displaying a meaty aspect, this has a power on the palate that knocks even Montée de Tonnerre into the shade. But it is not luxuriantly flamboyant." (01/2019)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.