The World’s Greatest Expression of Vineyard Terroir? Tasting Domaine Dauvissat’s 1er Cru Chablis 2015…

All Chablis lovers know that Raveneau and Dauvissat are the two most sought after quality Chablis producers in the region. 2015 was of course a warmer season with summer temperatures touching 40 degrees Celsius at times.

But all the wines I’ve tasted from Dauvissat express such great purity and sense of place and there is certainly no shortage of acidity. Other than his small amounts of Les Preuses and Les Clos, his La Forest must be one of the finest examples of this vineyard in Chablis.

Forets (alternatively titled La Forest) is a Premier Cru climat on the western side of the Serein river in Chablis. Located on a south-facing hill of high-quality Kimmeridgian soils just a few miles southwest of Chablis town, Forets produces elegant, steely wines from the Chardonnay grape variety.

The wine features the usual 10% to 15% of new oak without ever blurring the wines mineral focus. Not easy to get your hands on, but certainly worth the effort to do so!

Domaine René et Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru la Forest 2015, Burgundy, 13 Abv.

The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru la Forest is a very sexy white wine indeed. From a warmer less steely vintage than 2014, this follow up effort is thoroughly delicious showing a overt nose of white blossom, wet stones, struck flint, wet chalk, bruised green granny smith apples, ripe quince, dried oregano herbal notes and mature yellow orchard fruits. Such complex aromatics. The palate has wonderful precision and focus and incredible purity with just enough wound spring acid tension to counter balance the waxy, peppery green apple and quince fruit notes. This is a fabulous effort from Dauvissat with impressive concentration, textural harmony and honest terroir typicity. A real beacon to high quality Chablis. Drink now to 2028+

(Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

Great Chablis is unbeatable with Oysters!

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