This balanced, intense and ageworthy effort... - 2012 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Posted by Ian McFadden

"This balanced, intense and ageworthy effort... "
2012 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Dauvissat's Forest has been a pillar at Crush since we've opened. The story here is, above all, VALUE.

There are very few wines, especially from Burgundy, that offer as much cellar potential and as much complexity at this price.

The sad fact is that we've been seeing less and less of the wine in recent years due to a trio of short vintages (2010, 2011 and 2012) coupled with increased demand. 2012 is really ugly. We're only sending this out to a core group of Dauvissat supporters.

Dauvissat's Forest and Raveneau's Butteaux and Montée de Tonnerre are considered the holy trinity of sought after, long aging Chablis 1er Crus. However, Dauvissat's Forest can be had for somewhere between one third and one half of the price of the Raveneaus.

In Dauvissat's hands, Forest assumes an aristocratic posture steeped in a saline, oceanic minerality, chalk and yellow and green fruits. It's a statuesque wine that ages beautifully. A couple of years ago we opened an '85 Dauvissat Forest that was beautifully mineral and fresh.

The 2012 has a jam packed mid-palate delivering an intense minerality. The beauty of the 2012 is how it combines great poise and concentration.

As I said earlier, there's really not much wine. I'm going to bring this to a close. The 2012 has the purity, the balance and stuffing to age impressively. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "A complex if distinctly reserved nose is comprised by green fruit, citrus rind, sea shore and iodine scents. There is excellent concentration to the intense flavors that are at once fleshy yet delineated and are followed by a notably saline-infused finish that delivers excellent length. This balanced, intense and ageworthy effort should reward up to a decade of cellar time, perhaps even a bit more."