Daniel, Sébastien & Vincent Dampt – 2020


Sébastien & Vincent Dampt 2022Tasted in Milly with Sébastien & Vincent Dampt, 24 January 2022.

Domaines Daniel, Sébastien & Vincent Dampt
1 Chemin des Violettes
89800 Milly
Tel: +33 3 86 42 47 23
More reports with Domaines Daniel, Sébastien & Vincent Dampt

Notes on ‘Vignoble Dampt’ in Collan, who are cousins, can be found (as usual) here.

On 2021:
We had 12° in the 1ers – and there’s not much better than that in 2021 – and then harvested the Chablis in the flatter land by machine – this area wasn’t frosted so much. The unfrosted – or less frosted – parts were ready a bit earlier. Overall, we had about half a harvest – some parts, the plateau of Fontenay for instance, was only 7 hl/ha but other well-protected parts were nearer to 60 – so globally more than 2016, for instance…

On 2020:
Much easier from the perspective of maladies – but a year where everything went so fast – we were already harvesting 27 August. We had more rain than the Côte d’Or but that was already after some roasting of the grapes – we thought the grapes were protected from the direct sun but in some cases, it was the reflections off the bright soil which was enough to roast some bunches. We had to keep an eye on the acidities that they didn’t quickly sink.

The wines…

What absolutely great entry wines! The rest are worth your time too – just watch out for 3 of the wines with a little pyrazine – if you are sensitive…

Practically the whole range is with DIAM, a number of cuvées with the new Origine 5. Screwcap is also available for the Petit Chablis:

2020 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Petit Chablis
In Fyé near (above) 1er Berdiot. A combination of older and younger vines.
Ooh – that’s already a super nose with its fresh, ripe citrus invitation. Nicely direct, with clarity but depth of flavour too. That’s such a great start! Really vibrant, slightly chalky finishing.
2020 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Petit Chablis
Grapes in Fyé here with some from Troismes in Biene – 350-litre barrels used too.
Wider, rounder, a little sweeter yellow citrus. Wide, more mineral in style. Finishing with florals too – chalk and cheese – but equally great!
2020 Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Petit Chablis
This from Milly – 0.35 ha, 10-year-olf vines – a road between this and Villages Chablis, also close to the 1er crus…
More vibrant – a hint of herb in the citrus complexity. Plenty of concentration, a growing intensity of flavour – a mix of lemon and lime for this – super and intense, modestly zesty – another very different interpretation but also great!

2020 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis
Assembly of parcels, 80% for Milly, plus Beine and Fontenay.
A deeper, more pungent aromatic. Wider, beautifully pure start, mineral and mouth-watering – a little note behind, perhaps reductive. Very silky. Very good – the finish is practically great with a super mineral definition…

2020 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis
Also 90% from Milly.
More compact but with fine width and much more clarity. Hmm, that’s just so good – growing with a citrus intensity – super clarity. Vibrant and saline finishing – adding floral perfume too. Great!
2020 Domaine Sebastien Dampt, Chablis
5 parcels, mainly older vines in Milly. Vieux Voie is the principle location.
More airy and forward – beautiful detail with additional floral accents. A little extra structure, more mineral for sure. This, you should wait for a little while but also a great wine.

2020 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.
A mineral impact, then an airy lift to the nose – very nice! A more golden fruit, vibrant – plenty of mineral energy here. Generous yet still for being a little patient. Slowly mouth-watering in the finish. That’s a good one…

2020 Daniel Dampt Chablis 1er Fourchaume
From 4 parcels with a majority of old vines, amounting to 1 ha. one parcel in Vaupulent.
Nicely vibrant width of aroma – very mineral but also floral-infused. More easily mouth-filling and with zesty, mouth-watering flavour. Beautiful finishing clarity – modestly intense but not a bit modest about its length. That’s excellent…

2020 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Vaillons
4 ha, 60% Lys, 25% Chatains, the rest from Sechets. Vines older than 40.
This nose has some density but a nicely airy and attractive perfume as a halo. Structural, not hard but for keeping a little. Lovely the extra dimension of mouth-watering, slightly saline finishing flavour. Excellent wine, great finishing…

2020 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Vaillons
A mix of 2005 and 2011 vines, part in 2/3 Beugnons, the other 1/3 in Chatains – all tank elevage.
More compact yet with good width and extra clarity. Wide, ingraining – good energy and growing intensity – more salinity. Keep this a little – it’s excellent and has a late-arriving extra floral component

2020 Sébastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Vaillons
60-year-old vines in Beugnons in stainless-steel – 1 hectare. Some ‘egg’ elevage.
A small touch of pyrazine – but at a nicely complex level. Also a little in the flavours but this has great shape, energy and clarity too – beautifully finishing…

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’
Wide, nicely vibrant, citrus almost tending to golden but only modestly – still a fine freshness. Direct, mineral, super texture – for keeping – but more than excellent. Lovely salinity in this strong, mineral, finish too.

2020 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Lys
Wide, nicely vibrant, citrus almost tending to golden but only modestly – still a fine freshness. Direct, mineral, super texture – for keeping – but it’s probably more than excellent. Lovely salinity in this strong, mineral, finish too.

2020 Domaine Sebastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Beugnons
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.’
Vibrant and complex, perhaps a faint herb, slowly growing in pyrazine. Direct, mineral, super shape and clarity, faintly green but much less than Sebastians Vaillons. Still, very good.

2020 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
About 45-years-old on average, an assembly of 4 parcels, one large parcel running right from the bottom to the top. South, south-west facing, usually riper here.
That’s a vibrant nose of clarity of high and low tones. A little more generous in shape but properly mineral and cool-fruited. Gorgeous finishing – I’m just looking for that extra 1% of focus for great wine – and maybe it will come – anyway excellent!

2020 Domaine Vincent Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
“The historic 1er of Milly.” 0.80 ha, 1964-68 planting dates. Just one parcel due to some replanting – so ‘only old-vines.’
Plenty of aromatic weight, good vibrancy of aroma – faintly herbed. Lightly with pyrazine but the shape and concentration plus vibrancy of flavour make this still a very good wine. Really wide and interesting finish – holding really well.

2020 Domaine Sebastien Dampt, Chablis 1er Cote de Lechet
50 yo vines, a parcel of vines from bottom to top – always a worry of frost here though. Lots of court-noué here.
Airy more yellow citrus. Super in the mouth – clarity, fluidity, slightly golden-fruited citrus freshness. That’s a great finish too – airy and persistent. A great wine…

2020 Maison Dampt Chablis Bougros
Made here since 2008 – Between 3 and 6/7 year-old barrels – 228s – for a time then left in tank for a time ‘to keep hold of the freshness.’
A very different nose – narrower but much deeper – I don’t see a reduction but plenty of ripeness of fruit. A sort of smoky accent from the barrel but nothing more. This is generous almost opulent but properly mineral and finely textured in a wide style. There’s some creaminess from the barrel in the finishing flavour but these accents will be gone in 1-2 years… This will be very good, potentially excellent.

And for the road…

2016 Domaine Daniel Dampt, Chablis 1er Les Lys
Rounder, sweeter but a lovely purity too. Just starting to show first touches of maturity in the flavour but this is pure and concentrated, growing in fine, balanced intensity, widening in the finish. I’m really appreciating this excellent wine…

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