Reviews 94 points Vinous "Bright medium yellow. Very ripe but reticent aromas of yellow peach, flowers and saffron, plus a woodsy/floral balsamic note. Very ripe, thick and powerful; not quite honeyed but its utterly silky peach and soft citrus fruit flavors convey a botrytis sweetness leavened by terrific acidity. A very large-scaled if not particularly minerally Clos, finishing with superb length while avoiding warmth and bitterness. (ST)" 95 points Burghound "This terrific effort only seems to be getting better and better with each passing year with its spicy white flower aromas that introduce sophisticated, pure and gorgeously intense flavors that explode on the strikingly long and chewy finish. The depth here is just terrific and the hallmark minerality is present in spades. And, as is always the casee with this wine, the driving and penetrating finish just lasts and lasts and this is without question truly a stunner of a wine. (AM)" 95 points John Gilman "The 2005 Les Clos has such a potpourri of soil tones causing a raucous on the nose that it is rather difficult to pay attention to any of the other aromatic elements in the wine. The bouquet is bath of wet stones, very flinty nuances and slivered crystals, as well as a nice spread of green fruit, a bit of petrol, grassy tones, vanillin oak and flowers. On the palate the wine is very full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a brisk girdle of acidity, great focus, tensile acids, and tremendous length and grip on the thundering finish. Great juice, with a precision and cut that is very rare for such a loaded wine. (JG)"
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.