2016 Domaine Rene et Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru

Year: 2016
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 93-96
Burghound: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"From bottle, the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is the most reticent wine in the cellar, unfurling slowly with aromas of orange blossom, oatmeal, wet stones and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, tense and stony, with excellent depth and dimension. It's not as lively or intense as the 2017 rendition, but it's a very serious wine that will demand some bottle age before it reveals all its plenitude.

As is consistently the case, Vincent Dauvissat has fashioned some of the finest wines to be found in both the 2016 and 2017 vintages. 2016 is a small crop, amounting to a mere third of an average harvest. The wines are comparatively low in acidity, with notable concentration, but remaining tense, pure and incisive. By the standards of Dauvissat's wines, I suspect they will prove comparatively precocious but hold well—perhaps evoking the 1992 vintage. The domaine also suffered in 2017, though not as badly, losing some 30% of a normal harvest. The remaining grapes were ripe and clean, producing wines best described as classic but charming. As at several other addresses where long sur lie élevage is the norm, I caught the nascent 2017s very early in their evolution, so I'll try to look at them again later in the year." (WA)

"(13.2% alcohol): Pale, bright yellow. Very pure, subtle, fresh aromas of jasmine, white pepper and tarragon. Wonderfully silky, ripe and classically dry in the mouth, with its lemon drop and floral flavors communicating a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, subtle whiplash of a finish. Like the Forest, this stands out for its grain and purity." (VM)

"An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering superb length on the sneaky long finish. This isn't entirely classic but it's clearly still very young and the natural class of a fine Preuses is very much in evidence." (BH)