2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet"

SKU #1360854 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet is one of the high points of the range chez Dauvissat this year, unfurling in the glass with notes of lemon oil, caramelized citrus rind, dried white flowers and smoky reduction. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with chewy extract and an intensely mineral, chalky quality. It's structurally quite tight-knit and will demand some time. (WK)  (8/2018)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Séchet from the Dauvissats shows outstanding potential and is nicely reserved in profile out of the blocks. The wine offers up a classic, youthful bouquet of lemon, apple, beeswax, chalky soil tones and white flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a racy girdle of acidity, a fine core and lovely focus and grip on the perfectly balanced and snappy finish. This will need a couple of years to really start to stir. 2020-2040+.  (12/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright lemon-yellow color. Tight, reticent nose hints at citrus peel and metallic minerality, plus a suggestion of dried fruits. Then juicy and lemony on the palate, showing a distinctly upright quality and pronounced minerality but with an essential pliancy of texture. I like the balance of sweetness, acidity and minerality here. Dauvissat compared this wine to the 2006 version but noted that the earlier vintage was higher in alcohol and doesn't have the same balance as '16. (ST)  (8/2017)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The hallmark citrus elements are present in force on the essence of pear, sea breeze and floral-nuanced nose. The mouth feel of the medium weight flavors is finer if perhaps not quite as rich while offering very fine length on the balanced finale. This will need a few years to develop more depth but the underlying material is here.  (11/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.