Tasted in Milly with Vincent & Sébastien Dampt, 10 January 2020.
Domaines Daniel, Sébastien and Vincent Dampt
1 Chemin des Violettes
Tel: +33 3 86 42 47 23
Notes on ‘Vignoble Dampt’ in Collan, who are cousins, can be found (as usual) here.
Vincent and Sébastian’s father, Daniel, has now retired, but for now they have no plans to change the structure of the three existing domaines, as they all serve different markets – “Three into two would make life difficult for everyone!”
“This year started much drier than 2018 and, of course, it was cold with frost in April, for multiple days, even in May too. We had the impression that while not always frost-damaged, some vines were, perhaps, cold-damaged. There was also the suffering from the combination of heat and dryness – the young vines suffered. So for us, we were about 25% down on a normal vintage volume.”
“Lots of rain in the winter and spring. A little hail in Beines and Milly but it never reached Chablis – we could see the clouds but they never got here. We assumed it would be a vintage of modest volume, the young vines were suffering in the dry, it was only the dew that could have done this as we had no rain! On the other hand great cleanliness again – and much less work in the vineyards as the weeds could hardly grow in the dryness. We started harvesting early to privilege the acidity – we don’t look for a maturity or a richness of sugar we like a wine to be more classic. The wines don’t have the heavy character of 2006 or 2009 here. Some of the 2018s were hard to filter, necessary as there was a lot of protein.”
A strong vintage for the team here; mainly highly recommended wines in thier respective ranges.
Practically the whole range is with DIAM in 2018, a number of cuvées with the new Origine 5:
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Petit Chablis
Screw-cap. In Fyé near 1er Berdiot. All tank elevage.
A good nose of ripe lemon, quite perfumed. Nice drive – I like the acid and energy balance; here’s a lovely wave of finishing flavour, a little steely. Yum!
2018 Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Petit Chablis
A parcel in Milly – called terroirs de Milly – planted in 2007. DIAM, bottled in March.
A deeper nose but with much fine clarity too – really inviting. Extra energy – wider, maybe less impact but again a lovely wine. Fine and intense finishing a very different style of finish.
Also Screw-cap – a couple of parcels here – Fyes and Bienes – both side of the river. Fermentations in older barrels then racked into tank.
A little floral above a more savoury middle. Wide, vibrant, the best combination of parts here – this is a super PC – bravo!
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis
Assembly of parcels, 80% for Milly, plus Beine and Fontenay. About 30-35-year-old vines on average. All tank elevage.
That’s a nicely vibrant and mineral nose. Ooh, that’s a structural, fresh and mouth-watering wine. Proper Chablis without being painfully so. Yum. Excellent, almost a little grapefruit acidity in the finish.
Much below Lys and Vaillons, More old vines than young vines in some parcels as they produced more and they suffered less in 2018.
Nicely vibrant nose – lovely fresh agrume. Full, fine, mouth-watering – complex – that’s a great villages. Yum!
Also a vibrant nose, more ripe fruit, mineral. Hmm, really a more mineral palate, this the most classic of the three, even a suggestion of salinity – bravo!
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Beauroy
0.5 ha, in the climat of Beauroy, just behind the Côte de Lechet, the soil has a very fine white clay that’s hard to work. Sometimes less acidity here but high ripeness – can be an opulent place.
Hmm, a nice floral top note for this wine. Nice shape – not massive but with a fine and mouth-watering minerality, a suggestion of salinity here too. Good!
From 4 parcels with a majority of old vines, amounting to 1 ha. one parcel in Vaupulent.
A more compact but very inviting nose of citrus freshness. Nice width, lovely bubbling energy, properly mineral, obviously Chablis – Bravo!
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Vaillons
4 ha, 60% Lys, 25% Chatains, the rest from Sechets. Vines older than 40.
A touch of mineral reduction quickly fades, more yellow-fruited and floral finishing. Hmm, very mineral and has quite some concentration for a Vaillons. Excellent wine.
2018 Sébastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Vaillons
60 year-old vines in Beugnons in stainless-steel – 1 hectare.
Not a big nose, but more mineral clarity here – that’s a beauty! Vibrant, a beautiful belend between the mineral and the fine citrus fruit. Super wine – excellent.
2017 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Vaillons
A mix of 2005 and 2011 vines, part in 2/3 Beugnons, the other 1/3 in Chatains – one-third barrels of 350 litres for elevage
A super nose – some mandarin in the agrume mix. More volume, lots of energy – plenty of minerality – full-flavoured. Very long. Excellent.
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Lys
From the oldest parcel of vines in Les Lys – and the only one exposed north, made separately since 2001. 60-year-old vines directly on the hill above the winery. A part goes into his Vaillons, this is the ‘pure Lys’
The first wine with a saline aspect to the nose – pretty lemon citrus too. Effusive, plenty of mouth-filling volume, beautifully finishing with a delicious, narrow line of citrus-infused flavour. Excellent, perhaps more!
Wax-topped bottles whose elevage was in a concrete ‘egg-shaped’ tank (since 2013) with built-in thermo-regulation – ‘It’s ‘raw’ concrete so there’s some oxygenation.’
A little more compact but this nose is a beauty. Clarity and concentration with a perfect balance of freshness. Waves of fine flavour, mineral, just a suggestion of austerity that augers well. Bravo!
2018 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
About 45 years-old on average, an assembly of 4 parcels – south, south-west facing, usually riper here.
That’s a great nose, of mineral dimension and very classy agrume! Mouth-filling, super energy, but a little more diffuse flavoured today, very fine finishing – the best nose though. Excellent.
50 yo vines, a parcel of vines from bottom to top – always a worry of frost here though. Lots of court-noue here.
That’s a lovely nose of fine citrus clarity. More drive and clarity of flavour vs the last – intense too. Practically an austerity here – brilliant intensity – be patient! Bravo!
2018 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
“The historic 1er of Milly.” 2 parcels, 0.80 ha, 1964-68 planting dates. This all tank elevage.
A little more compact nose but with a lovely citrus line. Vibrant here, a little more austere acidity – vs the last two but this is fine and mineral finishing, even with a little salinity. Great finishing – as all, frankly…
2018 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechets ‘Cuvée 350‘
the 350-litre barrels that have already done two vintages, wanted to do all in barrel with a longer elevage. A little more than 800 bottles.
A lot of oak permeates the freshness – a very attractive freshness. Round, complex, good energy – lots to find here, but I’d be waiting quite some time for this oak to fade – 3+ years. Super long…
228 l barrels, 3-7 years old, no battonage. It’s really too hard to get the grapes these days. A contract since 2008, bottled after harvest.
Wide, fresh, some weight of aroma, a little oak too, but less than the last. Bright, incisive, mineral, impressive – a wave of strong flavour – powerful wine. Great wine!
The blind wine…
Bright, energetic – older for sure, just a little white chocolate extra to this mineral, spiced citrus. Not a lot of acidity but a very fine balance and an incisive nature still. Caramel, delicious – almost toffee smoke finish. It’s 1989 Côte de Lechets and it’s perfect now – wow!