Vignoble Dampt Frères – 2016


Tasted in Collan with Emmanuel Dampt, Marie Windel and Chanthanny Yins, 04 January 2018.

Vignoble Dampt Frères
1 Rue de Fleys,
89700 Collan
Tel: +33 3 86 55 29 55

Emmanuel on 2016:
There was less damage here in 2017 when compared to 2016, but in 2016 we had the three classic problems of frost, hail and mildew – but the mildew only arrived after three days of heavy rain. Our vines are quite diversified around Chablis, so we had a little less suffering than some domaines, but it’s practically a half harvest here – almost half a harvest!

The wines…

A good range in 2016 with one or two that are simply top class.

2016 Petit Chablis Elegance
From the vines planted above les Clos
Fresh and a little sweetly herbed aromas. Fine, classic, fresh and direct but with fine padding too. Pretty flavour – really an easy wine to appreciate, slowly melting with a hint more rigour. But lovely wine.

2016 Petit Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
300 hl with 40+ years of age.
A similar nose of good direction, less width. A little extra intensity and directness of flavour. Here a little more salinity. More concentration and a little more classic shape. Pretty waves of radiating flavour. Long finishing – wait an extra six months before drinking this…

2016 Chablis Tradition
The team here have a ‘presence’ in 15 of the 20 villages that can use the Chablis label.
More width of aroma here – a little more greenery included. More volume in the mouth, fine growing intensity and a good weight of mid and finishing flavour too. Long. Good

2016 Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
Also all tank elevage.
Less overt aromas but with a pretty depth. More direct structure, the flavours slowly melting from the frame – an extra dimension of flavour in the mid and finish. Excellent – but wait at least a year – very good material here.

2016 Bourgogne Tonnèrre, Le Clos du Château
30% in barrel elevage.
Here the nose is just a little tighter. Extra density, finer texture too – a hint of oak? But melting, well-structured flavour. It sits very well after the Chablis. Super wine that has another level of value as it’s almost 1 euro cheaper than the last Chablis! Not as good as the 14 but better than the 15!

2016 Chablis Brechain
Hard harvested, Opposite Blanchots – 40% elevage in barrel.
Open, a little spiced. Hmm – lovely width, less overtly concentrated as the Tonnèrre, but very good texture and a width of decently intense flavour. More floral and slightly saline finishing – a very attractive finish.

2016 Chablis 1er Beauroy
A nice width of aroma but quite tight below – practically an acacia note. More direct, more intensely flavoured. Structure and a fine shape – but wait for delicious! Mineral finishing…

2016 Chablis 1er Côte de Jouan
Fine and fresh though like the last, tighter below. Hmm, large-scaled, structured but much easier flavours melt from the framework of this wine. Well textured, and mouth-watering. This is a super wine!

2016 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
Also a top-end loaded aroma – pretty extra precisions of fruit here. Bright, wide, melting fine flavour – this slowly adds some very modest saline notes and a faintly spicy complexity and more floral aftertaste. Very tasty wine yet with a fine mineral base…

2016 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
Fourchaume et Vaupulents, 40:60
A little tightness to the nose here. Hmm – higher tones in the mouth – really beautiful, complex, classic Chablis built over a mineral base but a transparent and wide panorama of flavour. Simply a lovely wine!

2016 Chablis 1er Vaucoupins
A nose that vibrates with minerality – perhaps a subtle reduction – but yes – I want to taste this! A big wine – grand cru volume here – complex, energetic, layered flavour. A little rigour here – you should wait – it just lacks a hint of concentration vs a great grand cru but it’s a really great 1er cru in the making – bravo!

2016 Chablis 1er Les Fourneaux
A little more open nose, more depth of minerality. More impact in the mouth, depth of melting, changing flavour, adds a faint silky coating to the teeth. A super wine, also to wait for.

2016 Chablis Bougros
A big nose, more floral. Big in the mouth, direct, powerful, staining flavour. Long finishing. This will require a year or three in the cellar, but there is everything that you could wish for in this wine – except very early drinking – super!

2016 Chablis Les Preuses
Here the nose is much more reticent – but still there’s a base of faint flowers. Weight, depth, easy over the palate, leaching flavour, a languid, louche wine, but a very easy wine to appreciate for its youth – wait, of-course, but this is already quite approachable…

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