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#1 Post by Todd Tucker » July 11th, 2019, 9:12 pm

Pop and pour. Drunk over a few hours.
  • 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (7/11/2019)
    Lemon curd, oyster shell, chalk, marzipan, fresh cream, honey, and subtle florals on the nose. On the palate, it's chalky, chiseled, and toothsome with great density and breadth, yet it remains simultaneously fresh and lifted. The fruit leans toward pear and lemon rind, with more marzipan, a little honey, and with a ton of chalky/ oyster shell soil notes. Powerful, yet focused, with great dry extract and terrific cut. A harmonious mix of soil, acid, and fruit. A contemplative, beautifully balanced wine that is showing early peak at this time. Very long on the back end. Terrific. (95 pts.)
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#2 Post by Warren Taranow » July 11th, 2019, 9:51 pm

Thank G*d this isn't another threat featuring an oxidized Dauvissat. Glad to read your excellent note.

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#3 Post by Todd Tucker » July 11th, 2019, 10:04 pm

I am glad too Warren. I was holding my breath when I pulled the bottle out of the racking, immediately putting flashlight to the bottle to look at the color. Thankfully, this was a good one. If I was not afraid of the Pox in this wine I would bury my remaining bottles for several years, but I am afraid and won't. Fingers crossed for the remaining bottles.

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#4 Post by Alan Rath » July 11th, 2019, 10:07 pm

Great to hear. BTW, if a bottle is going to be pox’d, it’s already on its way. No real gain in opening one now if you think it will be better with more years.
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#5 Post by Todd Tucker » July 11th, 2019, 10:24 pm

Good point Alan.

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#6 Post by Kelly Walker » July 11th, 2019, 10:57 pm

Had a 2005 Forest last night. It was singing!!! Poster child for why you age white Burgundy.
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#7 Post by William Kelley » July 12th, 2019, 5:23 am

Kelly Walker wrote:
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Had a 2005 Forest last night. It was singing!!! Poster child for why you age white Burgundy.
Yes, his 05s are in a nice place now, especially with an hour decant.
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#8 Post by Jeff Vaughan » July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am

Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.
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#9 Post by Claus Jeppesen » July 12th, 2019, 6:29 am

Todd Tucker wrote:
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Terrific
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#10 Post by Charles Weiss » July 12th, 2019, 6:33 am

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I've had a few of the 2008, most recently last December. All have been clean. IMHO a good but not excellent vintage without the cut or salinity I'd expect, rounder than most vintages. I think fine to drink now, and see if you want to age some more. I've not had the 09 or 10.
I've tended to start drinking my La Forest at about 10 years, checking in sooner if quantity.

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#11 Post by Alan Rath » July 12th, 2019, 9:22 am

Charles Weiss wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:33 am
Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.
I've had a few of the 2008, most recently last December. All have been clean. IMHO a good but not excellent vintage without the cut or salinity I'd expect, rounder than most vintages.
Forest? Or 2008 Dauvissat in general? Because I had this one earlier in the year:

2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (4/23/2019)
Strong sea spray nose, lovely medium intensity, lighter weight but excellent depth, minerality and saline dance across the palate, excellent balance, still very young; later in the evening there is beautiful medium depth, a little less tight, more open, great salinity and acidity, light minerality, tremendous intensity and length, beautiful sea spray and ocean notes. Fabulous Chablis. (94 pts.)
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#12 Post by Larry Link » July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am

I find that after about 8 years you can start to see La Forest from the trees. After Preuses it’s my favorite wine from his stable, and until recent vintages a bargain at $60.

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#13 Post by William Kelley » July 12th, 2019, 11:19 am

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.
08 is beginning to show very well now (oxidation issues aside, which I haven't experienced in France). Great vintage for Dauvissat, maybe even the best of the decade for him.
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#14 Post by William Kelley » July 12th, 2019, 11:19 am

Larry Link wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am
I find that after about 8 years you can start to see La Forest from the trees. After Preuses it’s my favorite wine from his stable, and until recent vintages a bargain at $60.
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#15 Post by Dennis Atick » July 12th, 2019, 12:36 pm

Larry Link wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am
I find that after about 8 years you can start to see La Forest from the trees. After Preuses it’s my favorite wine from his stable, and until recent vintages a bargain at $60.
I remember buying a handful of these when they popped up locally for $60 around 5 years ago. Loved every bottle, even the young ones.
Seems like stealing now at $60 and I would back up cars and trucks if I saw that price again.

Nice note, Todd! Sounds great.
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#16 Post by Todd Tucker » July 12th, 2019, 5:20 pm

Thanks everyone. I just looked, mine were $60 from Crush all in delivered to AZ. Insert nostalgic emoticon here.

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#17 Post by John Glas » July 12th, 2019, 6:00 pm

Had the 12 almost a year apart. Big difference in quality of the two. Last bottle was not flawed just didn't enjoy it as much.

2012 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (7/6/2019)
Mixed Bag at Kevin's (Minneapolis, MN): Not much going on here. Not bad but not interesting. Shells, green in nature with saline and stone fruit. Short finish. Not sure if this will improve. This pales in comparison to the last bottle I had so maybe just an off bottle. (89 points)
2012 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (7/15/2018)
Wonderful wine! Shells, perfume, lemon and minerals. Very complex wine and medium to long finish. Would love to try a larger pour of this at a smaller tasting. (94 points)

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#18 Post by john stimson » July 12th, 2019, 6:59 pm

It's too bad there's the pox fear out there, but it's unfortunately a fact. Seems more likely, or to hit earlier, in wines shipped to the states (perhaps west coast worse?) I think premox just hits earlier in these situations, and will catch up in France later.

I don't think drinking them any earlier really gains you anything--then you just get wines that are still somewhat closed up, and haven't had a chance to reach their potential, although depends upon the vintage. I agree 8 years on is a good starting point for Forest.

For me the best vintage in recent memory was 2007--very classic wines. 2008 is very good but a bit richer and less classic. 2014 also excellent, but mostly too early.

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#19 Post by c fu » July 12th, 2019, 9:29 pm

Just opened a 2010 Clos last night. Pretty shut down. Drank it down to about 1/3rd. Popped it later today and it was quite glorious.
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#20 Post by Keith A k e r s » July 13th, 2019, 9:57 am

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I just opened an 09 last Tuesday and my only regret was not decanting it. It was a winebid purchase and was in amazing shape

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#21 Post by john stimson » July 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:57 am
Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I just opened an 09 last Tuesday and my only regret was not decanting it. It was a winebid purchase and was in amazing shape
I like to decant most all Dauvissat wines if I can. Even older ones need an hour, and many times more to wake up.

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#22 Post by Henry Kahn » July 13th, 2019, 1:41 pm

Todd: I'm a Chablis Johnny-come-lately, as you may know, but I do have a mixed case of Sechet, Vaillons and Foret from the 2010 vintage. If I were tempted to pop one tomorrow for Bastille Day (which also happens to be my birthday), would you have a view on which one might be closest to peak?

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#23 Post by William Kelley » July 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Henry Kahn wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Todd: I'm a Chablis Johnny-come-lately, as you may know, but I do have a mixed case of Sechet, Vaillons and Foret from the 2010 vintage. If I were tempted to pop one tomorrow for Bastille Day (which also happens to be my birthday), would you have a view on which one might be closest to peak?
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#24 Post by Keith A k e r s » July 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm

Henry Kahn wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Todd: I'm a Chablis Johnny-come-lately, as you may know, but I do have a mixed case of Sechet, Vaillons and Foret from the 2010 vintage. If I were tempted to pop one tomorrow for Bastille Day (which also happens to be my birthday), would you have a view on which one might be closest to peak?

sounds like a reason to open them all for a horizontal champagne.gif

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#25 Post by Todd Tucker » July 13th, 2019, 3:58 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Henry Kahn wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Todd: I'm a Chablis Johnny-come-lately, as you may know, but I do have a mixed case of Sechet, Vaillons and Foret from the 2010 vintage. If I were tempted to pop one tomorrow for Bastille Day (which also happens to be my birthday), would you have a view on which one might be closest to peak?

sounds like a reason to open them all for a horizontal champagne.gif

I like that!

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#26 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 14th, 2019, 9:49 am

john stimson wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:57 am
Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I just opened an 09 last Tuesday and my only regret was not decanting it. It was a winebid purchase and was in amazing shape
I like to decant most all Dauvissat wines if I can. Even older ones need an hour, and many times more to wake up.
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#27 Post by Charles Weiss » July 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm

Alan,
They were the La Forest. I agree with John Stimson
“2008 is very good but a bit richer and less classic.”
I think a vintage to drink relatively early.
Your bottle was certainly singing.

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#28 Post by lleichtman » July 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm

Dennis Atick wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Larry Link wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am
I find that after about 8 years you can start to see La Forest from the trees. After Preuses it’s my favorite wine from his stable, and until recent vintages a bargain at $60.
I remember buying a handful of these when they popped up locally for $60 around 5 years ago. Loved every bottle, even the young ones.
Seems like stealing now at $60 and I would back up cars and trucks if I saw that price again.

Nice note, Todd! Sounds great.
2014 is ~$135! Liked it at $60.
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#29 Post by William Kelley » July 14th, 2019, 4:14 pm

Charles Weiss wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Alan,
They were the La Forest. I agree with John Stimson
“2008 is very good but a bit richer and less classic.”
I think a vintage to drink relatively early.
Your bottle was certainly singing.
Analytically, and to my palate, 2008 is very high in acidity as well as concentration, and Vincent regards it as a very classic vintage, as do I. If you are finding bottles forward, richer, and less classic, then you likely have advanced bottles, I'm afraid to say—something that a lot of people have flagged up with this vintage, unfortunately.
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#30 Post by alan weinberg » July 14th, 2019, 4:21 pm

lleichtman wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm
2014 is ~$135! Liked it at $60.
at this price and with premox, I’m out. Dauvissat and Ramonet used to be my biggest holdings.

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#31 Post by Brad England » July 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Any thoughts on the 06 Dauvissat Forest? Have an unopened case.
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#32 Post by William Kelley » July 14th, 2019, 5:18 pm

Brad England wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Any thoughts on the 06 Dauvissat Forest? Have an unopened case.
I was served it entirely blind last year and guessed 07 Dauvissat Forest! Which is to say, it tastes more like 10+-year-old Dauvissat Forest than it does like 2006 Chablis; which is definitely a good thing. Now is a good time to check in I would say. Depending on how the bottles show I would definitely contemplate a decant, too.
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#33 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » July 14th, 2019, 5:22 pm

john stimson wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:57 am
Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I just opened an 09 last Tuesday and my only regret was not decanting it. It was a winebid purchase and was in amazing shape
I like to decant most all Dauvissat wines if I can. Even older ones need an hour, and many times more to wake up.
FWIW, I like to give almost all Dauvissat wines 10-15 years from the vintage and still aerate them plenty. Too many are best after two days just sitting in the bottle from opening..with about an inch of wine left. They never quit, in my experience and are mostly caught too closed. I really think 15 years is a minimum, unfortunately.

Also, FWIW, a note from a Sechets 2002 this week, in Maine, with lobsters....
Good wine with lovely aromatics as expected. Salinity and sl oyster stuff on palate long finish of acidic fruit. A wee less concentrated to be a top version

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#34 Post by john stimson » July 14th, 2019, 5:50 pm

William Kelley wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:14 pm
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July 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Alan,
They were the La Forest. I agree with John Stimson
“2008 is very good but a bit richer and less classic.”
I think a vintage to drink relatively early.
Your bottle was certainly singing.
Analytically, and to my palate, 2008 is very high in acidity as well as concentration, and Vincent regards it as a very classic vintage, as do I. If you are finding bottles forward, richer, and less classic, then you likely have advanced bottles, I'm afraid to say—something that a lot of people have flagged up with this vintage, unfortunately.
You know, it's interesting how one can disagree with wine makers (and wine reviewers) about their own wines. 2008 is a very fine vintage with plenty of acid but also plenty of material which makes the wines richer on the palate. I've had plenty of 2008's, both advanced, and pristine. 2007 for me is a more classic vintage, and I generally prefer healthy examples from this vintage to heathy 2008's, although I certainly would be very happy with either--likely the two best vintages of the decade from this estate.

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#35 Post by john stimson » July 14th, 2019, 5:55 pm

Brad England wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Any thoughts on the 06 Dauvissat Forest? Have an unopened case.
Brad--for some reason I bought a lot of 2006 Dauvissat, but I've never really liked the vintage very much. Sort of blowsy and a little too ripe. But when you feed that in to "Dauvissat" you still get very good wine. I think it's time to pop your case--the wines are at a nice point in their maturity curve.

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#36 Post by Brad England » July 14th, 2019, 6:23 pm

Thanks guys. Will start checking them out. Stuart, will keep your comment in mind as well.
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#37 Post by Henry Kahn » July 15th, 2019, 7:05 am

The 10 Vaillons was rocking last night. Tight and a little dark (golden) in color on opening. But an hour into the decant it really blossomed, lots of oyster shell minerality and quite rich/structured. A brilliant future ahead I've got this case in a very cold corner of my passive cellar and had to move a few boxes to get to this box. I put everything back as it was and promise to let them sleep for a while further

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#38 Post by lleichtman » July 15th, 2019, 12:59 pm

Brad England wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Any thoughts on the 06 Dauvissat Forest? Have an unopened case.
I was iffy on 2006 so only bought a 3-pack. Have had one and it was only OK. Not the acid or minerality I expect from Dauvissat. I would drink them up. This wine may not improve with time.
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#39 Post by john stimson » July 27th, 2019, 1:00 pm

Hate to add to the pile, but last night for a small dinner party opened a 2010 Forest. Healthy color but significant pre-mox. My first pre-moxed 2010. So now a few 07's, significant 08, 09, now 2010, and 2011. Prior to 2007 I had very little pre-mox at this estate. I wonder what's up, and why it hit them so late in comparison with other estates.

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#40 Post by JWalter » July 28th, 2019, 7:07 pm

Opened a 2010 Dauvissat Sechet tonight that was just perfect. Still tasted really young and had that awesome salinity (almost sweaty) that just sings at around 8-10 years. Best bottle in a while after a string of oxidized 2011s

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Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

#41 Post by Nathan Smyth » July 28th, 2019, 8:37 pm

Larry Link wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am
La Forest... until recent vintages a bargain at $60...
Glancing at Free Wine-Searcher, it looks like the 2016 made it to $150, and the 2017 is making a hard charge towards $200.

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Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

#42 Post by alan weinberg » July 31st, 2019, 8:08 pm

Saw some under $100 Dauvissat Forest today, older vintages. I passed.

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Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

#43 Post by Brad England » October 24th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Update on the 2006 Dauvissat Forest. Finally took delivery on the unopened case I've had in storage. First two bottles opened tonight were oxidized. I didn't have the heart to open a third. Settled for a nice 375ml of 85 Cheval Blanc as I await the start of the Vikings game.
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Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

#44 Post by Todd Tucker » October 24th, 2019, 5:02 pm

Ouch Brad. I'm glad you were able to find a suitable back up.

Hope you are well and shoot me an email this winter if you head down here.

Cheers,

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