Wine Advocate Rating 89-90

Jean and Sebastien Dauvissat’s 2008 Chablis Vaillons – specifically from the obscure cru Melinots – had undergone a slightly different elevage from last year’s, a portion having remained in barrel through the spring rather than been racked back to tank near the beginning of the year, as the whole lot usually is. Narcissus, white currant, lemon, and a hint of boxwood on the nose lead to a juicy and strikingly buoyant if slightly spare palate, persistently refreshing, and with hints of fruit pit and citrus zest bitterness as well as chalk in a finish, highlighting the sense of transparency that generally seems to accrue to this cuvee. I would expect this to perform admirably for at least 8-10 years.   

2008 Domaine Jean Dauvissat • Chablis Vaillons