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Vincent Dauvissat – 2013

DSC05940Tasted in Chablis with Vincent Dauvissat, 15th January 2015.

Domaine Vincent Dauvissat
8 rue Emile Zola
89800 Chablis
Tel: +33 3 86 46 11 58

Vincent on 2013:
“2013 was definitely a low yield in both the grand crus and the Petit Chablis, though the later-picked parcels did better.

“But there’s good concentration – a bit of a negative was that there was lots of porriture. I find the vintage a little mysterious, there are some similarities to 2001 but I also think of 1964!”

The wines…

Everything tasted here was bottled 2 weeks ago, except the Petit Chablis which was earlier. I noted that Vincent had kept a lovely freshness in the wines “No that was the terroir” was his response…

2013 Petit Chablis
One parcel of 0.4 hectares on the plateau – on hard limestone base.
Airy, with some sweetness. Lovely minerality and intensity, super length. Excellent!

2013 Chablis
Near to the 1er Cru Fôrets – north-west plus a little with a south-facing vines. 0.3 ha in 1.8 with white soil and a little more wind.
Deep aromas of faintly spiced bread. Wider, elegant and complex. Insinuating length with some perfume. Lovely wine…

2013 Chablis 1er Sechets
Again airy, once more with a little spiced bread. A little more intensity and cut here. Big and wide but not really rich. Lovely mouth-watering finish. A really super but discreet wine. Eventually flowers on the nose too.

2013 Chablis 1er Vaillons
Deep, some herbs, a totally different aromatic. Very fresh, more intense, and with more concentration and minerality. A wide, mouth-watering finish.

2013 Chablis 1er Fôrets
Floral aromatics, also with pretty flashes of citrus fruit. A very mineral palate with just a little more precision and dynamism. A lovely crescendo of flavour – really an examination in perfectly complex clarity.

2013 Chablis Preuses
A reduced nose. Also in the flavour, but here is very fine minerality and just a little more richness – but still a super acidity with a long lingering flavour – not perfect today but still very lovely. Yum!

2013 Chablis Les Clos
A little tighter, more subtle aromas that grow slowly wider, adding very pretty and precise fresh notes. Really the most mineral but fresh wine I’ve tasted on this whole trip. Absolutely contemplative but also a wine to converse with – brilliant!

And as a treat:

1996 Chablis 1er Vaillons
The nose starts massively with iodine and opens into truffles, white chocolate and many, many more notes. Direct, with some richness, and plenty of fine acidity to balance – it seems really wide heading into the finish. Long and über-complex yet seemingly still young. Treat of the week…

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