2016 Domaine Rene et Vincent Dauvissat Petit Chablis

Year: 2016
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88-90
Burghound: 87
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"The 2016 Petit Chablis is an impressive achievement in a challenging vintage, offering up notes of green apple, iodine and honey. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and more gourmand than the 2017 rendition, with more flesh on its bones and less cut and tension, concluding with a saline finish.

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)

"(production was down 75% here, chiefly due to frost): Bright pale yellow. Rich citrus scents complicated by an element of metallic minerality. Juicy and pliant in the middle palate, with a touch of sweetness to the flavors of citrus fruits and white peach. Then rich but tight on the finish but not austere. Boasts wonderful texture for Petit Chablis." (VM)

"A trace of exotic fruit can be found on the pear liqueur, white peach, citrus and soft iodine scents. There is good richness to the solidly concentrated flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel along with a hint of minerality on the clean and focused finish that is much drier than the nose would suggest. This could easily be enjoyed now." (BH)