August 18, 2020 - Enjoyable expression of place, grape. Seemed to be at its best after 90 minutes open. A delight. Drink in the next several years. recommended
May 24, 2020 - From 75cl, good cork pasty-soft at wine end, but seemingly effective. Surprisingly golden and rich for a 1er Cru, I might have guessed a fully mature GC blind. Fine ripe lemon. I think some recent CT TNs overdo the ocean/sea/saline references, but sure, this is evidently a good, concentrated Chablis which has seen old oak. Personally, I wish I had consumed this bottle (like much of my 2008 Chablis collection) in its youth: although this particular bottle wasn't obviously faulty it felt a bit golden-oldie, even tired. But the bottle variation in this vintage is, of course, huge. 90P(?)
December 26, 2019 - This was initially quite closed; I actually had to decant it for 20 minutes and pour it back into the bottle before it started to open; but once it did it was pure essence of Chablis! Lemon peel, iodine, sea breeze, crushed stone, and a hint of floral notes. The palate was beautifully balanced with excellent concentration. A really lovely bottle that seemed essentially in its peak window to me.
November 1, 2019 - (C.)
Il n'y a pas que Forest ou les Clos chez Dauvissat! Quelle belle bouteille ce Vaillons à maturité; à l'aromatique ténue d'un Chablis, il allie la rondeur puissante du millésime, la minéralité saline et caillouteuse du cru, et pour ma part, une acidité ciselée somptueuse qui venait titiller la langue en finale, une très belle acidité toute en précision, salivante et tenace, très noble, très terroir, très "précise". Floral, végétal (fraicheur de la fougère, chèvrefeuille), beurre frais, citronné, il est plus en nuances que flamboyant, et s'exprime plus en bouche avec un beau tactile rond et tendu. Et cette acidité qui revient...
July 19, 2019 - A Few Days in Seattle; 7/19/2019-7/21/2019: Medium yellow. Hay and herb aromas. Oh man, this is all limestone and acidity-Chablis as it was meant to be! Medium weight but gloriously lean and crisp.
June 21, 2019 - UWS; A mixed set of wines (@ JB): In the bouquet limestone minerals, green apples and citrus. On the palate the same impressions, marzipan, good acidity and a firm amount of bitterness. Beautiful and complex wine.
April 28, 2019 - 11 years development makes this wine ripe and complex. Melon, mealy yellow apples, hay, toffee and flint minerals. Butter like on the palate and slightly oily in the texture. Good balance but of course more acidity is alway welcome.
April 23, 2019 - Strong sea spray nose, lovely medium intensity, lighter weight but excellent depth, minerality and saline dance across the palate, excellent balance, still very young; later in the evening there is beautiful medium depth, a little less tight, more open, great salinity and acidity, light minerality, tremendous intensity and length, beautiful sea spray and ocean notes. Fabulous Chablis.
April 19, 2019 - Ripe apple, minerals, and saline notes on the nose. High acidity with lime, green apples, and a hint of mint on the palate. Nice finish. Needed quite a bit of air. 92+
April 1, 2019 - The wine looks yellow gold colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like lemon. It tastes like stoniness. The body is medium. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. Drinking now and will finish up the rest of my bottles this spring.