Chablis La Forest, 1er Cru 2017

Chablis / Dauvissat, Vincent

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The 2017 Chablis La Forest 1er Cru is a standout and one of the wines that brings together so many of the best elements of the Dauvissat house style. A Chablis of marvelous contrasts, the Forest is at once light on its feet and also packed with notable intensity. At the same time, the Forest is mysterious and not ready to show all of its cards yet. There is so much to look forward to. The Forest emerges from eight parcels spread across 3.7 hectares, Dauvissat's largest holding. I imagine the diversity of these micro-parcels goes a long way in giving the wine dimension and complexity.

Score: 95

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2037 01 January 2020

This is aromatically cooler than the Vaillons with its airy combination of algae, lemon rind and wet stone where the latter element can also be found on the sleek, intense and energetic middle weight plus flavors that are a bit finer than usual, all wrapped in a bone dry and aggressively mineral-driven finale. A classic tightly coiled La Forest that is clearly built-to-age.

Score: 93

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2029+ 10 October 2019

A brilliant rendition of Vincent Dauvissat's emblematic premier cru, the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru La Forest reveals a complex bouquet of oyster shell, crisp green apple and lemon oil mingled with notes of dried white flowers and freshly baked bread. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and complete, with a deep and concentrated core, striking energy and cut and a long, mineral finish. Amounting to some 4.5 hectares, La Forest accounts for a third of the domaine's surface area, so it will be the easiest Dauvissat wine for readers to find. Happily, it ranks alongside the 2014 and 2008 as one of the very best of recent years.

Score: 95

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2027-2055 30 August 2019

A fabulous rendition of Vincent Dauvissat's emblematic premier cru, the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru La Forest offers up classic aromas of oystershell, lemon oil, dried white flowers and rock salt. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and reserved, with superb cut and tension, concluding with a long, saline and chalky finish.

Score: 93 - 95

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 31 August 2018

The 2017 Chablis La Forest 1er Cru was the most reduced of Vincent Dauvissat’s wines from barrel and difficult to read. The palate is more representative: superb tension thanks to a razor-like bead of acidity, very saline in the mouth so you perceive an almost jolting dryness on the finish but paradoxically and enormously long spicy aftertaste. What a cerebral proposition this is.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-2038 01 August 2018