Grapelive: Wine of the Day August 1, 2016

2013DauvissatAC2013 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat, Chablis AC, White Burgundy, France.
Even from an irregular vintage the Dauvissat Chablis is a beauty with searing lime, wet stones and graceful mineral tones, it will be a drink young and often wine for the purists. The 2013 Chablis AC shows a lot of classic character, though after air and warming it fills out with an almost creamy texture emerging, this is not maybe normal for this wine and certainly it is not as laser focus as the 2014, nor is it unwelcome in this enjoyable Chardonnay. The first blast of acidity and vitality really sets the mood and I would keep this wine a bit more chilled than one usually would to keep it’s freshness at peak performance, it starts with lime flowers, river stones, green apple and bitter herb notes with flinty/steely vigor, adding some straw, clarified cream and lemon tones before the chalky finish. Always a treat to drink Dauvissat, though less intense than Raveneau in style, these are gorgeous Chablis, and this 2013 with it’s unique year markers and earthy old world charm is a smile maker. Best to drink these 2013 wines earlier and cellar the 2014’s, the 2014 Forest Premier Cru from Dauvissat is ultra sexy and vibrant with powerful extract and forceful acidity making a thrilling wine, but I wouldn’t miss this 2013 regular/basic Dauvissat AC if you get the chance!
($60-70 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive