Dauvissat, Chablis Grand Cru, Les Preuses, Burgundy 2014 750ml
One of Chablis' most prestigious proprietors, Vincent Dauvissat farms nearly thiry acres of meticulously kept vineyards. These vines (4.5 acres of Vaillons, 2 of Sechets, and 9.4 of Forets among the Premiers Crus, 2.5 of Preuses and 4.5 of Clos among the Grands Crus) are splendidly sited on hillsides underlain by Jurassic limestone. Yields are limited to about 50 hectoliters per hectare, modest by the standards of the region.
An openly exotic nose combines notes of dried peach and apricot with those tidal pool, oyster shell, mineral reduction and soft citrus peel aromas. The sense of refinement and purity continues onto the rich and voluminous flavors that glide across the palate and it is immediately clear that this is a wine of class and grace, particularly on the harmonious and sneaky long finish. While 2013 will not be in the running for the best Preuses that Dauvissat has ever made, it should still be excellent.