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2010 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis La Forest
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2012

Extremely closed on the nose, hinting at lemon, vanilla, metallic minerality and resin.  Then chewy and deep in the mouth, with electric citricity and almost painful saline minerality keeping this extremely rich wine almost shockingly austere today.  This has the flavor and texture of liquid stone and surpasses the outstanding 2011 in sheer density of material.  Last year Dauvissat told me that part of this fruit was harvested after the rain, but this is a great and ageworthy premier cru nonetheless.  (At the end of our tasting, Dauvissat opened a bottle of the 2004 La Forest.  Some initial notes of mocha and toffee quickly dissipated to reveal extremely pure, youthful aromas of lemon and wet stone; an urgent, mineral-driven mid-palate; and a finish that displays outstanding lift.  I underestimated this wine at 91 points in 2006; today it merits 92(+?) with a distinct possibility of further improvement ahead.)

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About Chablis

Wine lovers who have come to think of Chardonnay as weighty and thick will find Chablis a revelation. When grown in the cool clay-and-chalk soils around the sleepy town of Chablis, at the northern reach of Burgundy, Chardonnay is transformed into one of the world's most cerebral and distinctive white wines. With its brisk...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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