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Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru ‘Séchet’ 2021

Chardonnay from France, Chablis, Burgundy

$595

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Description

Prominent notes of shellfish and mineral reduction add breadth to the aromas of lemon rind, apple and discreet floral wisps that also include a suggestion of the exotic. The racy and intensely citrus-suffused medium-bodied flavors exude plenty of minerality on the attractively dry, youthfully austere and linear finale. This firm if not especially dense effort is going to require at least a few years of keeping to unwind and add depth but ultimately, it should be excellent if given time. Drink 2031+

Allen Meadows, Burghound 92 Points

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Vincent Dauvissat is considered one of the greatest producers in Chablis. Alongside the similarly esteemed Francois Raveneau, these two producers continue to define great Chablis.

Dauvissat produces three other premier crus—Séchet, Vaillons and Montmains—and they are among Chablis best. Wines from the Séchet vineyards are typically quite fragrant, with excellent concentration and hallmark notes of citrus and white fruit.

About Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat is arguably the finest Domaine in Chablis, owning some of the oldest and best vineyards, including prized sections of the grand crus, Les Clos and Les Preuses. Established in 1931 by Robert Dauvissat, the Domaine has passed down from father to son for three generations. Robert’s son René is to thank for establishing the reputation of the Domaine. Vincent began working with his father, René, in the 1970s and today runs the Domaine.

The Dauvissats remain one of Chablis’ great traditionalists. As the torch has been passed down from generation to generation, little has changed here.

If anything, the wines have become increasingly profound since Vincent officially took reins in 1989. One significant change is his preference for natural farming, using vine treatments sparingly, if at all. In 2002 he oversaw the implementation of biodynamic farming methods. His approach to oak is carefully considered, used to add complexity and dimension to his piercingly mineral concentrated wines; some of barriques are 30+ years old.

They resulting wines are rarely exotic in their youth, tight as drum in fact. But with age – and they do age by gracefully by the decade – they evolve and develop into exciting wines of the sophistication and intrigue.

In the Vineyards

Vincent Dauvissat farms nearly 30 acres of meticulously kept vineyards, following sustainable, organic and biodynamic methods. These vines (4.5 acres of Vaillons, 2 of Séchets, and 9.4 of Fôrets among the Premiers Crus; 2.5 of Preuses and 4.5 of Les Clos among the Grands Crus) are splendidly situated on hillsides underlain by Jurassic limestone. Yields are limited to about 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.7 tons per acre), which is modest by the standards of the region.

Image courtesy of Vinous. Dauvissat’s vines on chalk-rich marl near the top of Les Clos

In the Winery

Vinification at the domaine is painstaking and traditional at a time when many growers in Chablis have adopted methods permitting increased yields producing simple wines that reach maturity quickly. Vincent Dauvissat, on the other hand, gives all his wines at least a year in Nevers oak, a portion of which is new each vintage. This practice, imposed on top-quality grapes slowly and carefully fermented, results in wines that are deep, complex, and long-lived. They are clearly characteristic of their respective cru, exhibiting the steely bite so typical of Chablis, but with a purity, intensity of flavor, and structural soundness increasingly rare in the region’s wines.

The 2021 Vintage at Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat—who forsook a career as a shepherd to become one of France’s most celebrated vignerons—is technically retired, but in reality remains very much a continuing presence at his eponymous domaine, and it was with him that I tasted the 2022s from barrel, along with a selection of 2021s. Spring frost in 2022, unlike in 2021, was followed immediately by warm weather, so the secondary buds flourished and delivered an ample, homogenous crop. As I wrote last year, there’s no grower in the region who has done a better job of retaining all of Chablis’s classical signatures in the warmer, sunnier vintages of the last decade, and this is once again true of 2022, which retains the tension and salinity one seeks at this address in a vintage where many others have produced extremely fruit-driven, soft wines. If 2022 represents a success in Chablis’s new paradigm, 2021 is a throwback, with higher acidity and a more reductive profile. “We picked just before gray rot began, but botrytis was rampant, which is why the wines have lost their green highlights this year,” Vincent observed. Yet despite that, at this early stage the 2021s are less aromatically exotic than either 2013 or 2016 at the same point in time and seem set for a graceful evolution: readers might want to think of them as a somewhat fleshier, more generous version of the 2007 vintage at this address. Readers will remember that farming here is organic but without certification. The harvest is by hand, and the wines ferment in tank before racking to barrel with the lees (Raveneau’s Chablis, by contrast, are racked to barrel more or less without their lees), spending a second winter in wood before bottling. A first bottling, destined for the American market, sees a light filtration, while a second bottling—some of which is sealed with wax, some of which sees a foil capsule—takes place a little later in the year without filtration.

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

The Geology & Geography of Chablis Explored

Where in the World is Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat is located in Chablis. Technically a part of Burgundy, Chablis represents the northern more part of the region and lies to the north of Beaune and to the south of Paris.

The map below shows the location of Dauvissat’s vineyards around Chablis. These include: A – Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Preuses’, B – Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Clos’, C – Chablis Premier Cru ‘Sechet’
D – Chablis Premier Cru ‘Vaillons’, E – Chablis Premier Cru ‘Les Forest’.

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92 Points

Prominent notes of shellfish and mineral reduction add breadth to the aromas of lemon rind, apple and discreet floral wisps that also include a suggestion of the exotic. The racy and intensely citrus-suffused medium-bodied flavors exude plenty of minerality on the attractively dry, youthfully austere and linear finale. This firm if not especially dense effort is going to require at least a few years of keeping to unwind and add depth but ultimately, it should be excellent if given time. Drink 2031+

Allen Meadows, Burghound

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Vincent Dauvissat EARL, Rue Émile Zola, Chablis, France

Chablis
Burgundy
France