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2000 Vincent Dauvissat (Rene & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos #167172571


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Based on 83 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 94 points Vinous "Bright medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, fleur de sel, marzipan (from the oak?) and powdered stone lifted by violet and lavender high notes; shows just a trace of the lactic quality this wine displayed eight or ten years ago. Slightly edgy flavors of lemon and liquid-stone minerality are juicy and zesty but not thick or particularly concentrated, with notes of almond, chlorophyll and anise contributing complexity. This elegant grand cru displays terrific mid-palate energy and finishes with subtle rising length but is less broad and aromatic than the 2002. (ST)" 95 points Burghound "This is stylistically reminiscent of a great Chevalier as it is a perfect embodiment of fruit, minerality, extract and purity with picture perfect balancing acidity. The nose offers up only the slightest hints of intense citrus fruits and white flowers with ample sea breeze and oyster-shell character that leads to medium weight flavors dripping with liquid rock-like minerality and plenty of fat to buffer the bracing acidity. This offers a wonderfully seductive combination of finesse, elegance, power and simply unbelievable persistence. (AM)" 96 points John Gilman "Once again in 2000 I found the Les Clos to be even a step up from the beautiful Les Preuses, soaring from the glass in a complex melange of green apples, lemon, grapefruit, wet stones, flinty soil tones, a bit of anise, vanillin oak and spring flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and complex, with a rock solid core of minerally-tinged fruit, bracing acids, great length and intensity on the complex and palate-staining finish. This is a beautiful young Chablis that is as much solid mineral as it is fruit. (JG)"

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About Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat is one of Chablis’ most celebrated domaines. Although in existence since the 1920s, the estate began earning its stellar reputation in the 1970s, when René came to work alongside his father, Robert. Today, René’s son, Vincent, sustainably farms 12 hectares of the appellation’s prime terroirs, including the premier cru vineyards of Vaillons, La Forêt, Séchets, Montée de Tonnerre and the grand cru vineyards of Les Preuses and Les Clos—all situated on the region’s highly prized Kimmeridgian limestone. In addition, Vincent bottles under the Dauvissat-Camus label for certain markets, although both labels represent the exact same wines.

In the cellars, the motto at Dauvissat could easily be, “slow and steady wins the race.” Vincent starts with slow, natural vinifications in enamel cuves, where the wine remains for up to year, followed by a racking into six-to-eight-year Nevers oak barrels. Oak aging in Chablis is a rarity these days, but Vincent’s older barrels serve to imbue the wines with depth, structure and greater age-ability, without imparting oak’s unmistakable flavor profile. With elegant texture, a penetrating minerality and depth of character, the wines chez Dauvissat are as long-lived in the cellar as they are on the palate. 

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