2011 Domaine Rene et Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru

Year: 2011
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 91-93
Burghound: 91-94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2011 Chablis Preuses is the first wine in this lineup of 2011s that is deeply expressive in its bouquet. Salt, crushed rocks, graphite, stone fruit and smoke come alive in the glass as this vivid, textured wine shows off its class and pedigree. There is an inner strength, intensity and salinity in the Preuses that is marvelous. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the coming year. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.

Vincent Dauvissat brought in his 2011s beginning on September 1st. Dauvissat likes the vintage, comparing it to 2009, but with a little more verve. For the first time malos were done by Christmas, which Dauvissat attributes to the precocious personality of the vintage. I tasted all of the 2011s from barrel, where they were aging on their fine lees after having been racked once. Dauvissat talks about the 2010 harvest as having two components. The fruit he brought in early had notable maturity and considerable concentration because of the tiny yields, while the fruit that came in after the September rain had a little bit better overall balance, which is to say alcohols around 12.5% and acidities that ranged from 6-7%, versus 13.5% and 7.5%, alcohol and acidity respectively, for the fruit harvested first. As a comparison, overall acidities for the 2011s were around 4%, significantly lower than 2010. Dauvissat told me his father planted the family’s vineyards with rootstocks that encourage early maturation, and that is a key in understanding many vintages at the domaine, including 2010, when an irregular flowering lowered yields dramatically. In 2010, the earlier flowering parcels got the worst of the bad weather, while the parcels that flowered later did better as the weather turned warmer and more stable at the most critical time. Overall yields were down approximately 40%. Sechets and Vaillons were also hit by frost." (WA)

"Pale bright yellow. Very pure aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, orange blossom, white flowers, lichee and minerals. Intensely flavored and penetrating; energetic but not austere. Finishes very long and fresh, with a pronounced minerality that Dauvissat says is partly due to the toast of the foudre. Dauvissat made the full permitted crop for his first three cuvees but the yield in Les Preuses was barely 45 hectoliters per hectare in 2011." (IWC)

"A cool and airy nose mixes discreet touches of wood, freshly picked flowers, sea breeze and saline hints. There is both excellent richness and volume to the relatively large-scaled flavors that also possess an abundance of palate coating dry extract while finishing with excellent complexity and beautiful persistence. This balanced effort should age well over the medium-term." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Very floral on the nose with power and ripeness; very advanced for its cycle. Oily in texture, with slated fruit and vanilla bean. Very sexy, with cinnamon toast and sourball lemon fruit and a beechnut and anise-infused finish. 19.2/20