Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2010 Chablis 'Saint Pierre', Jean Dauvissat (France?Burgundy)



It is rare to find a Dauvissat wine that is not compelling in some way.  The Domaine dates back well over a 100 years and has been consistently one of the finest producers in the Chablis district since the 1960s.  New and old bottlings reflect the definite presence of limestone soils - duh, that's what it supposed to do.  Careful, hands on production is also apparent with the balance and depth of the wine's components being carefully kept in check but present and accounted for.  This wine may be a "simple AC Chablis", but I have tasted far worse examples from other producer's high and mighty wines.

The 2010 Chablis Saint Pierre, Jean Dauvissat, has a fresh, reserved nose that doesn't give you a lot to go on, but has a delicate, muted lemon and earth quality.  On the palate there is a steely feel that is dry and has flavors of chalk and lemon; med + to high acid - this is extremely juicy.  Has a dusty chalk kind of texture, as well.  Finish is relatively clean with more dusty, mineral notes.  Med-length, good wine.  Should retail for about $25, or so.
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