Tasted in Milly with Sebastien and Daniel Dampt (last year Vincent), 09 January 2017.
Domaines Daniel, Sébastien and Vincent Dampt
1 Chemin des Violettes
Tel: +33 3 86 42 47 23
2015 Notes on ‘Vignobles Dampt’ in Collan, who are cousins, can be found here.
“2016 brought just half a harvest, some parcels saw as much as 90% losses due to frost – for instance around the winery and the bottom of Côte de Lechets. In some places we have water sprays as a protection against frost, but they are in places which historically get frost, but in 2016 it was the places that, historically, don’t get frosted that were hit…”
“2015 was hit by hail, but not all the parcels. We started the harvest with those vineyards that were hit. Still, the grapes were in a good state, and with decent ripeness. There was no acidification here.
“Those with higher yields on younger vines weren’t really ready to harvest when it hailed. Maybe some people actually harvested a little late, because some of the ‘early harvested’ grapes (due to hail) had a more interesting balance – at least analytically.
“Allocations will be hard, but of-course we will be favouring our long-time clients.”
This year it was Vincent who was presenting the domaine’s wines in London when I visited, so Daniel and Sebastien hosted.
DIAM + screwcap for the basic wines – all Petit Chablis and villages Chablis. Sébastien is also trying out DIAM for 1ers since 2014. When I visited, just about everything had already been bottled.
2015 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Petit Chablis
2 parcels one near Fyé and the other near Beauroy.
Deep, a hint of ripeness, freshness too. Bright, almost sweet/sour, long – faintly lime fruit. Invigorating wine!
From Milly, from the end of the Vaillons valley, only 5 metres away are villages vines and the 1er crus less than 100 metres away.
A wide, fine lemon yellow nose. Wide, muscular, very fine intensity and good texture – excellent wine!
2015 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis
Assembly of parcels around Milly, usually 70% from vines of more than 40 year-old.
Hmm, the nose offers a fresh halo and a riper lighter yellow core. More intensity, more mouth-watering, really super balance – I love the balance. Really excellent.
2015 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis
Assembly of parcels, 70% for Milly, plus Beine and Fontenay.
A fresh nose with herb, faintly saline, and a suggestion of riper fruit below. Super volume, super texture. Mouth-watering flavour, really a nice, classic Chablis mid-palate. Wide, mineral, a very modest austerity to that minerality, but it just needs a little time – super.
From 5 parcels in Milly totaling 5 hectares. The main parcel near Les Lys with 45-year-old vines – ‘the older vines provide more ripeness, but the young vines complete the wine with more freshness.’
A wide nose, faintly herbed and a little less obvious depth than the last. A little softness, a little extra clarity and melting flavour – this is really lovely. Also a suggestion of saline, mineral austerity, but less austerity. Excellent!
2015 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Beauroy
Just behind the Côte de Lechet, the soil has a very fine clay that’s hard to work. Sometimes less acidity here.
Fine, pure, ripe lemon. Silk, a little less excitable than the last, but still with fine acidity and balance. The salinity is much more pronounced and generally there’s more complexity here. Long and complex in the finish too. Excellent!
2015 Daniel Dampt Chablis 1er Fourchaume
From 4 parcels with a majority of old vines, one parcel in Vaupulent.
A wide and silky nose, a little yellow fruit and modestly herbed too, getting sweeter and sweeter with every sniff. Really good volume of fine textured flavour. I like the scale of this very much, plenty of active complexity, even after you swallow. Faintly austere finishing but lovely wine. Excellent.
2015 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Vaillons
An assembly of multiple parcels in Lys (50%), Chatains and Secher.
A little extra sweetness and fine citrus clarity here. Considered, concentrated, really beautiful flavour that takes its time to start melting over the palate – saline and interesting. Lovely and bright in the finish too. Complex and excellent.
Young vines planted in 2005.
A deep, vibrant nose, agrume interest here. Really lovely complex freshness – purity of flavour and a slowly growing minerality – like all – really a little extra here in the finish. Bravo!
2015 Sébastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Vaillons
50 year-old vines from one parcel in Beignons – ‘Lots of millerandes and concentration in these grapes.’
Depth, a little softness, yellow fruit. Fresh, indeed fresher, wide, mouth-watering, rather intense – almost a 2014 style and line of flavour here. Excellent.
A cuvée of 2,100 wax-topped bottles whose elevage was in a concrete ‘egg-shaped’ tank with built-in thermo-regulation. All harvested the same day as the rest of Sébsatien’s Vaillons.
Hmm, not the most open but this has a beautiful, pure and fresh mainly yellow citrus nose – excellent. Hmm, this melts beautifully over the palate, again a suggestion of austerity to the minerality, but I will call this rigour! Wide clean, fresh and very, very tasty. Bravo.
From the oldest parcel of vines in Les Lys – and the only one exposed north. 60 year-old vines directly on the hill above the winery.
Ooh A that’s a beauty – clean, mineral freshness – yes! Really wow in the mouth – concentrated, great texture, but more importantly even greater complexity and energy – really a wine apart so far. Bravo!
2015 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
“The historic 1er of Milly.”
A tight nose, a little vibrancy below. Wide, some complexity of herb-type notes, good, actually really good finishing flavour. I really like the finish which slightly floral.
2015 Domaine Sebastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
From a single parcel of 50 year-old vines. Quite low yielding – both brothers have 0.80ha single parcels.
Also a little tight, with a deeper nose though, also a little vibrant. Melting, fresh flavour, more overtly mineral, and not austere. This is not a wine that shouts but the beautiful fresh complexity is palpable. Some rigour in the finish. Excellent!
An assembly of 3 parcels, all planted by the grandfather, vines that were too large yielding when young, but now at 50 years-old, there is a good balance.
Ooh, mineral, agrume, clean nose – yes! A little extra depth of texture, beautifully mouth-watering, beautifully flavoured – as seemingly always here, a little finishing rigour, but this is simply a great wine.
These next two have 100% oak, though none new. Alcoholic fermentation started in tank before moving the wines into barrels.
2015 Maison Dampt Chablis Bougros
This bottled in November.
A big nose, amply oaked, with a nice citrus trying to escape. Really a nice level of complexity here – lots of really interesting flavour, but really too much oak today. I’d give this a chance of achieving something special, but I wouldn’t return for 5 years at least. The finish is mineral and impressive, suggesting mandarin, and that’s always a highlight for me.
2015 Maison Dampt Chablis Les Clos
A nose with some similarities to the Bougros – a little too much oak today but with a beautiful and striking citrus note in competition. Less overtly oaked on the palate (though still appreciably!) a really beautiful fruit flavour, fine texture and waves of finishing flavour. Really something if you are not oak-shy…
Two dirty bottles arrive:
A big nose, some ripeness, some age. Almost a waxy texture to the ripe yellow fruit. Big, lithe, fine ripe fruit. Really complex, really excellent complexity – simply delicious. It’s Fourchaume 2008
For the next, the colour changes, it’s more golden. The nose has some leaf, freshness, gelée fruit. Beautiful fresh, layered, intense – just achingly gorgeous wine. A fresher line of flavour, just a beauty and it’s Vaillons 2002
A final dirty bottle arrives:
Complex, leafy older wine – attractively so. Really a nice weight of texture – some fat, not too much acidity – also a highly drinkable wine, but the 02 is to die for! Here is the 2007 Vaillons – another 07 that has much in common with 2015, texturally.