Tasted in Collan with Theo & Emmanuel Dampt, 15 January 2020.
Vignoble Dampt Frères
1 Rue de Fleys,
Tel: +33 3 86 55 29 55
Emmanuel on 2019:
“There was some suffering in the vines, but more from the summer temperature than the spring frost. 19 a vintage with reasonable quantities – medium, good concentration and personality, I see freshness generally, but not in all the cuvées, though with blending it should be fine – there’s some structure to 2019.”
Emmanuel on 2018:
“We started harvesting 28 August – we were certainly one of the first. We already anticipated in July that there was going to be a big crop – though there were still some doubts as we’d seen no rain – but we anyway chose to do some bottling of 2017s to make sure that there was some extra place available – and of course, it was needed! The big surprise was the blend of quantity and quality.”
There are a few highly recommended wines here, otherwise a tasty of collection of often excellent quality.
Everything tasted is already bottled:
Hmm – here’s an inviting nose – faintly saline too – yes! Plenty of energy and depth of concentration, certainly some salinity here – for the price this is outstanding with a fine mineral finish with a little agrume zest. €8.20
From the vines planted above les Clos
Also saline but cut with more citrus. Wide, layered – slowly mouth-filling – these wines are already just so attractive! Hold a great finish too – again for the price – bravo!
2018 Petit Chablis Sur Les Clos Cuvée Kosher
Wider, fine high tones. Vibrant, quite mineral, lovely energy, intense, with structure too. A more traditional PC than many of the easy wines in 2018 – you should wait a little.
2018 Petit Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
Vines with 40+ years of age. This from Villy – the last the same provenance as the Kosher wine.
A little green lime. This is more textural, slightly richer, more intense finishing, more finishing power too. Very citrus, ripe citrus – a big wine for PC. Excellent!
2018 Chablis Tradition
The team here have a ‘presence’ in 16 of the 20 villages that can use the Chablis label.
A pretty high-toned freshness. Wider and more mineral vs the little richness of texture of the previous. Slightly floral, long finishing – another wine with a good, proper structure.
2018 Bourgogne Tonnèrre, Le Clos du Château
Made with 30% oak in the elevage – but 2-8 year-old barrels.
The nose is open yet at the same time more compact than those before. More driving, more direction to this wine, good shape, very faintly the complexity of oak, but practically all is eaten by the wine. Mineral finishing. Tasty enough, but not showing a lot of character today.
Hmm – that’s a beautiful nose – not full power but high-toned and complex – very inviting. A wine of direction and minerality, with lovely texture – a little rigour in the middle structure – wait 6 months, concentrated finishing and wide. Delicious too – bravo!
2018 Chablis Brechains Vieilles-Vignes
This with tank elevage.
Here a little more ripeness and concentration of fruit on the nose. Direct, more lime fruit, maybe lychee too(!) The finish is a good one but smaller than the previous VV. Good wine though.
2018 Chablis Brechain
Hard harvested, Opposite Blanchots – half elevage in barrel.
This nose has a little more width, but the oak is well hidden. More line, more impression of minerality too, there is a little softness I’m attributing to the oak in the mid and finishing flavours – tasty and less discrete than the tank-elevage wine.
2018 Chablis 1er Côte de Jouan
Hmm – now that’s an inviting nose of modest fruit over a base of mineral. More energy and complexity of flavour here. Relaxed muscle, super shape. Layering flavour over the palate – this is excellent – super length.
2018 Chablis 1er Beauroy
Floral – always at this address – pretty, high-toned. Driving, lovely energy even a little touch of salinity. Classic, mineral, tasty Beauroy very long with the salinity.
2018 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
Fourchaume et Vaupulents, 40:60
A little warmer touch to the fruit – more sun. Broader on the palate, mineral again, slightly more melting style to the flavour and a small touch of extra texture. More complex finishing, wider. Very tasty wine!
2018 Chablis 1er Vaucoupins
A nicely airy nose, flashes of interesting complexity – nice. Good width, again a melting style to the flavour – finely mineral and mouth-watering – a lovely burst of finishing energy too – the first – lovely!
2018 Chablis 1er Les Fourneaux
A little more cushioning, a padding to the agrume fruit aroma – but a clear minerality is visible. Hmm, that’s got a super presence – mineral, wide, zesty, subtly sweet, almost sparkly in the finish. Excellent!
Old vines of around 60.
A nose with more intensity, a little zesty. Ooh – that’s more acid-forward, energetic, driving and very agrume in style – very intense finishing – you wouldn’t guess 18 blind. Bravo!
Open, fresh, a little ripe lime. Likewise in the mouth this has a lime – almost 2008 – style of fruit. Beautiful finishing, long, haunting, possibly more than just excellent wine.
2018 Chablis Bougros
A little less open but still a wine of engaging complexity and minerality. More concentration, more depth of minerality, a wine that grows and grows from the middle. Overall a little compact this display today, but very tasty wine all the same.
2018 Chablis Les Preuses
A little more aromatic intensity here – a floral-fruit hybrid – lovely mineral below – a super invitation. Big in the mouth, here there is a more open style to match the concentration, fine structure in the middle that begs a little time, holding brilliantly with super concentration of flavour. Young but great wine, minimum excellent Preuses.
And now for something completely different:
2018 Bourgogne Epineuil Rosé
Hand harvested. 4 hours or so in the press under N2, then made like a white wine. Zesty, fresh, very saline – perfect for the summer, hardly any overt rosé character but lots of mineral and saline tastiness.
2018 Bourgogne Epineuil
This still in tank, a mix of oak and tank elevage, blended in August
Dark colour. Deeply fruited nose – macerating cherry freshness. A touch of richness to the texture but essentially a wine of fine acidity and drive. A little floral action mixed in with the fruit. Tasty wine – full of up-front flavour, not the longest but very tasty.
Also still in tank – these are the only wines tasted that are not yet bottled. 5% cesar in the mix
Hmm – lovely – fine, discrete, focused cherry fruit with good energy. Wider, a touch of tannin, lots of energy, licorice, long, very long! Cherry-stone finishing. That’s super – bravo!