Showing great, amazing light color with no signs of age there. Heady truffley/seashell/lime/nutty nose. Clean and fresh on the palate, amazing for a 15 year old chardonnay. Ginger candy, truffle-infused lime, seawater, maitake mushroom elements. Nice.
Medium tulip yellow. All truffle honey at first, but with an hour of air, its essential Chablis iodine and oyster shell shone through. Rich entry with fruit there that is difficult to characterize; this segues into a finish that is full of crisp acidity and minerality. As it opened, it continued its transformation from a wine that could be confused with a creamy Grand Cru white Burgundy into a more and more easily recognizable Chablis. Fully mature, although much more alive than other bottles I've had over the past few years.
La Forest always is a very nice wine. This bottle was good but could use a bit more age on it. Crystal clear pale lemon yellow in the glass. Nose of honey, melon and citrus. In the mouth well balanced with firm acidity and some mineral notes. I'll try my last bottle in ten years...
Worrying dark color, but the palate tastes very clean, no premox. Fresh palate that seems much younger, good complexities, touch of old wood, wool notes. Loved this. Rothmann's with Vinotas, the Wilfords and Roy H.
Medium yellow-very healthy looking for age. Some definite Chablis sea shells, but so much lime and green flowers that you could think you were drinking Sancerre. Middle weight with a good combination of acidic tartness and some extra richness. Excellent, long stony finish. Whereas I thought that several recent bottles were fully mature, this one was the liveliest I've tasted in several years-go figure. This is my last bottle of a wine I've drunk over on over a dozen occasions; goodbye, old friend.
Burdundies @ Asher's (Westport, CT): This wins the "rockhead" award for the night. Very hard, saline and minerally when first popped. This opened up quickly and revealed its lemony, floral notes... but make no mistake about it, this is a lean, mean bath of minerals... in the best possible way. Bright, focused and Lip-smackingly good.
Clear yellow and lite in the glass. Clean nose of lime, wet stone, stone fruit and orange marmalade. Lite body and super clean with lime, stone and tropical fruit on the palate. Structured, focused and showing elegant textures. Med-short finish. Refreshing alone, superb with food.
Medium yellow. Incomparable Chablis maritime aromas and a touch of truffle that expanded over time. Beeswax and citrus with the saline reasserting itself on the end. Silky texture, adequate remaining acidity. As with other bottles of this earlier in the year, fully mature. OK, maybe not the most intense or driving La Forest ever, but I couldn't ask for more than it is giving now.
crisp, bright, somewhat lean at first but opens up with airing. medium gold. flavors of acacia honey, citrus. I left the remainder for the second day, and it was still beautiful with flavors of elderflower and a quinine bitterness on the finish. Very very good. will wait longer to drink my last 3 bottles as I really would like to see where this goes.
Championship Sunday Wines: Medium yellow. Truffled honey scents right out of the chute, then these receded to the background somewhat to reveal more youthful sea breeze and iodine notes. Medium weight, great texture, resolved acidity, great length. Terrific, fully mature Chablis.
At home with ex-Nobu chef Tom Bascon: Popped and poured. Color was a little darker than expected, nose was intriguingly funky. First sip, uhhhmmmm, something's off here but not obviously so. Second sniff and sip, still not quite sure what is wrong but certainly all not right. Gave this wine a chance for about 5 mins, after which the hard decision to replace with another (Boyer-Martenot Puligny 'Caillerets' 1999). Clearly premoxed after half an hour in the glass...sorry it took so long.
Sushi Dinner with 2000 and 2002 Premier and Grand Cru Chablis: Odd, cheese rind aroma. Good weight, underlying structure and salinity, but dulled fruit. It eventually became clear that this strange showing was due to incipient oxidation, although for this bottle, the color certainly did not provide a clue to this. Disappointing since there was clearly a lot of wine left underneath. I've gone through a case of this wine, and this is the first one to show any oxidation.
Popped and poured. First sniff shows all the maritime and stony goodness one wants in a high end Chablis at 11 years in, no pre-mox, lets party! Served in Reidel Burg stems, the nose echoed the comments above, the palate had an abundance of briny, yet rich shellfish, age had brought on floral attributes, still pretty spry, with a good underlying cut of acidity. But it was simply the very fine grained texture of the wine that was the real highlight, at once an intense expression of chardonnay, yet so magically light on its feet, precise, a joy to put this in your mouth. If not at peak, it’s really damn close, I’ll try to finish my last bottle within the next two years (oh this was from PC).
Friday Night at Ian's (Ian's House): Wonderfully elegant chablis with sizzling minerality, beautiful florals, and tidal pool tones. Palate had beautiful peaches, stone fruit and pear tones with a lengthy finish.
Medium golden yellow color. Opens with lanolin, kumquat, jasmin and grapefruit flavors. Really wonderful. Well integrated flavors, good acidity, very mineral. Some roundness initially, but balanced by the acids. Develops nicely over several hours. After 2 hours open, gets much rounder and softer without losing the backbone, more almond and vanilla flavors. This wine drinks very well right now, seems at a good place. I suspect it will keep at this level for a few more years, but given how it evolved as it opened, I don't see a reason not to drink it over the next year or two. Not sure it would get better than it is now, which is very good.
Stones, minerals, shells, saline, etc...all the usual notes on Chablis. Not the most complex, and seems unevolved for its age, but as crisp and clean as you will find them (maybe even a touch too clean for me - honestly if it were blind I would struggle to pick it as Burgundy), showing citrus and acid on the finish. A-
Young color and fresh nose. Plenty of minerals and acid to this wine. This is all about classic Chablis and seems to have the ability to hold with only the slight worry about how much fruit is really here. This is one to serve early in the meal. A-
Just delicious--lemon zest, minerals, chalk, very slight waxiness/honied notes suggesting some age. Vibrant and bright, although the acidity and chalk bordered on austere on the mid-palate until this opened up in the glass. Intially the finish seemed short and clipped, but air and time really gave this some length and the bottle finished very nicely. This sure seemed right at its peak.
Simply fantastic bottle of this. All of the Chablis minerality and intensity that the bottle at last month's vertical lacked. Its mature mushroom and honey notes did not appear until the end of the bottle. I've had enough of these to feel pretty confident that it is drinking at its peak. For interest's sake, this was a Vineyard Brands bottling, so it came through official US import channels.
Dauvissat "La Forest" (mainly) Vertical (1995-2009) (RN74, San Francisco): With a sigh of relief, a brisk sea breeze and a blast of quinine, we're back in Chablis. A "stone soup" of minerals in light broth. Better balanced, paler, firmer and less advanced than the '01 or '02. Improved with time in the glass. Doesn't match some spectacular samples of the recent past (e.g., a bottle noted on 1/26/11), but a fine and refreshing drink.
Fifteen Year Dauvissat Vertical-Focus on La Forest (RN 74, San Francisco): Incredibly bright, fresh orange rind that soared out of the glass, later adding a layer of honey and faint truffles. Marvelous sugar/acid balance with sweetness of fruit on the entry buttressed by limestone and chalk through the mid-palate and finish. Perhaps a tad less intense than the best bottles have been but still outstanding. Less evolved than either the 2001 or 2002 but approaching the cusp of maturity. Less weighty but finer than the '02 with which it is often compared.
A very odd array of aromas met me upon introduction: so weird I'll refrain from describing them, but they're not smells I associate with either oxidation or TCA. Waaay beyond primary aromas here. Unfortunately for me I don't find them pleasant. On the palate, weaker and shorter than I would have expected or preferred--tart (lemon), no hint of brininess, what I'd call too, too much of the lanolin thing that I observed in the last bottle (and see other tasters have noted as well). Indeed, the longer this was open the more it resembled Savennières, and the less it bore traits common to Chablis. May be too evolved for my taste, or may just be oddball.
Pale gold with a glint in its eye. Succulent aromas of lime, plum skin, oyster shell, quinine, mint. Taut, lively and light (almost delicate) on the palate with superb acid/fruit balance and a haunting finish. Grand Cru cred without the weight. After half an hour of air, tightened up and became even more chalk-driven, with an almost meaty quality to the nose.
What more to say except that it is at a perfect place, balancing honeyed notes with sea breeze, herbs, fantastic minerality, and even some pear alongside its more lemony Chablis fruit. Its texture is completely alluring. This represents Grand Cru quality in every respect-intensity, balance, and complexity. The last 18 months have seen this bottle performing exceptionally well.
Decanted and poured, this wine required about a half hour in the decanter to show its best. The aromatics develop a wonderful mix of slate, stone, oyster shell, mineral, floral and lemon notes. The color is a medium yellow and appropriate for the wines age. The medium bodied palate shows balance and definition. Oyster shell and stone notes make an appearance on the finish. They combine with the acidity to give the wine a balanced, nuanced finish. This is at or around its peak.
Huge bottle variation...this one tasted like a 2007...others recently have tasted like 1980s..A bit of preox at an unpredictable rate...in any case, when it's good, it's vibrant, complex, long...Actually, this one was a little too youthful...none of the secondary that I would expect...somewhat frustrating actually.
Brought in by Vineyard Brands, the official US importer. Still pale. Pristine bottle. Crisp, saline, lemon/lime aromatics with chalkiness expanding over time. Tremendous focus and presence for its light to medium weight. A great relief and a great bottle following a corked Lafon Perrieres. Pretty much at the pinnacle of Premier Cru Chablis.
Classic, steely, cool, elegant acidity, noticable old-fashioned tannins; it is an intriguing wine. It is not an everybody's friend, but a wine that keeps a certain distance. In the nose there is a certain similarity with the sauvignon grape (Château Reynon, Bordeaux); a little bit green and in the midtaste there is a bitterness that continues in the aftertaste. I agree, if you reed this you can't explain my 92 points, but wait till you have tasted the wine and have 'felt' the long aftertaste. Perfect now? Yes, and at least the next five years.
Drank this at the Usual Suspects tasting of 2000 Chablis. It faired well. I specifically compared it to Les Clos and it was quite similar without the depth. Overall it showed some age but still was drinking well. I wouldn't age it a lot longer. It's probably at its peak or near enough. It had reasonable acid but not over the top. The fruit was still present. No gamey notes. Very clean
Reaction no. 1 on opening: whew, it's not oxidized. Closely followed by reaction no. 2: wow, this is really impressive. Quite pale in color, especially for a nine year old white wine. Secondary aromas have, in my opinion, definitely appeared with tinges of honey and even lanolin-like smells. With the first sip there is a burst of intricate flavors that included citrus fruits, honey, brininess, and some florality with a real acidic tang that lingers for quite awhile. I agree with the 'quinine' reference in another note--a little kick of bitter at the end that constitutes one more layer in a multifaceted glass of wine. The empty glass smells sweet, in a gently wood-influenced sort of way. For me, top notch premier cru Chablis.
An Eclectic Evening (Murray Circle, Sausalito): Fuller yellow and less green than the '96 Raveneau. Much more floral and fat in comparison, but with time, its focus, brininess, and minerality kicked in. Some faint quinine at the end. Although it is farther along for its age than the former wine, this is just beginning to unfold. Excellent.
Last bottle from a case purchased on release. Accelerated consumption based on pre-ox and a good third of the bottles were flawed. This last one was ethereal and profound. Just hinting at maturity with a great viscosity and slight nuttiness on the nose but otherwise pristine and classic Chablis with tons of cut and precision. Damn.
hard to believe this is 9 years old! this bottle was vibrant and youthful. medium yelow color. wine showed wonderful acidity, quinine and stone flavors. after being open for 90 minutes showed a hint of truffle flavors. wonderful wine with plenty of years left in it!
Medium yellow. Aromatically, right out of the chute, this seemed as though it would be poised between primary and secondary phases, with strong sea breeze elements co-existing with a touch of honey. However, that was the last of the honeyed notes, and the youthfulness mostly won out in this particular bottle, although some subtle truffled scents appeared late. It remained lean and medium weight on the palate, and the longer it was open, the more powerful the driving finish of acidity, quinine, and stone became. Outstanding even if it is still holding something in reserve.
Decanted an hour before dinner. Medium yellow color, still on the pale side given it's a 9 year old wine. I'm catching this as it is starting to show secondary flavors; honey melon and peach is abundant on the nose and palate. Still there are lovely citrus flavors and a fine chalky minerality/freshness underneath. Lovely purity of fruit. Showing great today and will show great for another decade. Excellent Chablis.
The wine was decanted and poured. This wine has been tasted a number of times since release and continues to drink very well. The wine compares favorably to some 2000 Raveneau recently tasted. The aromatics show oyster shell, rocks, citrus and floral notes. The color is a light yellow that is correct for its age. The medium bodied palate shows good balance and retains the youthful intensity of this wine. The finish balances the fruit and acid components. This is an outstanding mid-aged Dauvissat. This wine should continue to drink well for many years as it shows no signs of decline, only hints at maturity and still retains a strong youthful presence.
A wonderfully fresh, vibrant example, and probably the best bottle of the 4 I have noted over the past couple of years. Like the one drunk a few months ago, this exhibited a thrilling balance between young Chablis traits of salinity and the early development of honeyed, layered richness. This opened beautifully, and there was nothing shy about it, with late citrus adding to the complexity. Fabulous with room for further development.
Medium yellow. Very poised and laid back. Lovely equipoise, middle weight, good balance between primary Chablis saltiness and some secondary honeyed richnness. A point but years to go. This bottle was more gentle and subdued than prior ones.
Decanted 2 hrs and then served in Riedel Burg stems (Vinum). I was a little puzzled actually at the first smell that came from the decanter, couldn’t place it,……fennel! I’ve never had a white wine take on such a pronounced take on the fennel bulb before. With that, we see more familiar mineral notes and an alluring scent of candied, roasted almonds. Though the initial palate impact was soft, things quickly gained speed as a forceful wave of citrus skins gained power and momentum at mid palate, cresting with the saliva glands, and then gently splashing the far reaches of the mouth with a coating Chardonnay richness, almost fat in texture. Simply delicious today, but those in the know seem to think that the real magic of this bottle will be in the years ahead, hopefully I’ll have a bottle or two left to see for myself.
The 2000 R&V Dauvissat Chablis la Forest was pale straw yellow in color, with a surprisingly delicate nose of quinine, finely comminuted rock dust, and a touch of white flower just beginning to emerge. The quinine was there on the palate as well (got my malaria treatment), merging nicely with the delicate mineral character on the finish. Not a blockbuster wine, in fact quite feminine and elegant in style, I thought this was great.
Curious in between stage for this bottle, with the nose fairly open with nice honeyed richness, but the palate atypically anonymous and unfocused. This did not have the energy and tension that this wine usually possesses.
Pinot Cafe: EWG. Slightly darker hue than above. Another stunning Chablis with a more elegant nose of chalk, ripe white fruits, and according to Gregg a sort of pepperminty smell. The body was a little bit rounder than the Raveneau, and I got just a hint of white mushroom in the finish. Very well balanced and actually matched the cakes very well. (enough about the crab cakes, huh?) 92.
Pale yellow with a glint of green. Orange rind and then a textbook display of Chablis aromas, with ocean spray and iodine. Three things struck me drinking this tonight-youthfulness, intensity, and salinity. This was explosive in the mouth. Gradually, another layer of richness surrounded this core, suggesting much more to come with further aging. In fact, this particular bottle showed younger than any of the others I've tried. Based on this, I would advise holding well stored bottles. Stupendous Chablis with one and only one flaw-this was a half bottle! How could I have possibly been denied the other half??
Light golden color; nose of lemon zest, flint, minerals and beeswax. Bright acidity on the palate, but with significant weight and extract to the citrus and mineral flavors that just won't quit on a seemingly endless finish. Absolute textbook Chablis, with years of life ahead. Fantastic.
This time from a 750ml bottlel the wine showed even better than the 1/2 bottle last night. The nose was layered and offered the a sweeter profile of beeswax, minerals and spring moutain runoff. The color was medium-gold but the palate was clean, acidic and full of fruit. This should drink well for several years but is so good now I'd pull a bottle if you've got a stash.
Great, complex nose of clover, beeswax, rainwater and minerals. The color is darkening suggesting that this wine is entering a drinking window. The palate is ripe and thick. This was a 1/2 bottle and was drinking well. I would not be afraid to open a bottle of this now.
Wines with dinner (Prager, Dauvissat, Bandol) (Chicago): Initially shy on the nose, but this kept opening over several hours to reveal layers and layers of complexity: some reserved fruit, but it's the rainwater, seashell and stones that really impress. The palate is like rolling rocks around in your mouth, with just a dash of lemon; this is a powerful wine. The finish unfolds forever and gives everything back to you one more time. I think this is the best white wine I have ever had, it was brilliant. It should continue to open up for years before it hits its apex, but it is an outstanding drink right now.
Incredibly pure nose of citrus notes combined with a striking mineral component. Sharp and precise in the mouth, again revealing a bevy of mineral flavors, wet stones and flint. Really opens up with time in the glass as the austerity of the wine yields to layers of tasty subtleties. The chardonnay profile is more felt on the back end, revealing more familiar flavors of oatmeal and biscuit. Magnificent with cedar planked Copper River King and homemade dill sauce.
Opart Thai and (mostly) Rieslings (Opart Thai - Chicago, IL): After tasting a couple of Kabinetts, this Dauvissat suffered a little from its overpowering company. After some palette adjustment limestone was shining through on the nose with citrus and minerality. More minerality on the delicate but sharp palette. This is probably a much better wine than I have rated.
Incredibly intense, this wine is just loaded with crushed rock, lemon and peach. Still young and a bit clenched on the palate, but the nose and finish are fantastic. This needs some more time, but should be a special wine.
Beautiful floral nose with soft butter notes. Rich and fat with good acidic framework and layers of fruit with delicate floral and ripe peach notes. Really well-rounded and outstanding. A true high-wire balance between fatness and delicacy.