• Agnès et Didier Dauvissat, "Beauroy" Premier Cru Chablis 2018

Agnès et Didier Dauvissat, "Beauroy" Premier Cru Chablis 2018

Chardonnay|Burgundy, France

Dauvissat is a common name in Chablis – while Agnès and Didier aren’t necessarily as recognizable as the more famous Vincent Dauvissat, their wines are every bit as authentic and simply a ridiculous value for the money.

Founded in the late eighties by wife-and-husband team Agnès and Didier, they’re distant relatives of the famed Vincent Dauvissat, whose wines fetch stratospheric prices. Florence runs the show today and the wines retain the same timelessness and indisputable character. Considering similar 1er Cru Chablis from other producers easily go for 2-3x the price, the value and beauty in this Chablis is hard to overstate. 

From the first pull of the cork the wine exudes orange oil, wet stones, fleshy Asian pear, lemon blossom, and that classic Chablisienne sea spray salinity. For maximum pleasure enjoy this wine at 55 degrees or so (warmer than refrigerator temp) to allow the aromas to unfurl. Its lanolin and mineral oil notes complement the silken fruit and haunting minerality. At the table, don’t be afraid to put salt and fat up against this baby – consider miso-glazed roasted Black cod or ricotta and spinach dumplings. My mouth waters at the mere suggestion!

Similarly, the 1er Cru-designated “Beauroy” vineyard is an under-the-radar site. Its name perhaps comes from a translation of bois de roi – “The King’s Wood.” The vineyard lies just west of the famed Grand Cru slopes, across the Seine river. Ideal southwest exposures capture the full afternoon and evening sun, creating ripeness balanced by cool-climate tension and nervy energy. Classic "Kimmeridgian "soils, studded with ancient fossilized sea creatures, abound and there is no question this is as textbook as they come!

Feeling patient? Tuck some bottles away for another 3-5 years and the wine will only get better. Enjoy!

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