Sunday, January 3, 2016

Wine Review: Domaine Sébastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru "Les Vaillons" 2014

January is White Wine Month on!

Dampt Chablis 1er Cru "Les Vaillons" 2014

For reasons I'm sure you'd understand, the wine reviews released this month were written in November and had to be done rather quickly. So you can still expect some shenanigans but not to the extent that you may be used to from me. This'll be quick and painless. Okay, maybe not painless. But January is jam packed with white wine (except for one lonely red at the very end) so HAPPY WHITE WINE MONTH! (PS: most of them are Italian)

Oh, Chablis. The word has such a stigma. Rotgut or snobjuice. Pick your poison.

When somebody is looking for Chablis you need to ask them a series of follow-up questions to break things down, because you gotta find out if they're looking for the super-inexpensive American jug wine or the kinda-expensive to ultra-expensive stuff from France, all while not offending them. It's not hard to come across as saying "are you collecting returnable cans at the beach or wiping your ass with Benjamins in your yacht?" when that's not what you mean at all.

Well, this is one of the kinda-expensive kinds. A real Chablis. That means it's unoaked Chardonnay from the French region of Chablis and qualifies in the quality and restrictions to carry the name. This is the kind of shit that I can't afford.

It's darker in color than I would have thought. I mean, it's a pretty light colored white wine but a little bit darker than other Chablis I've had. Limestone and pears are all over the nose like honey on a hot biscuit. There's also aromas of floral candles and white peach. The palate is just... fucking beautiful. There's this immediate pop to your face of intense fruit and acidity that just wakes you right up. Lemon, pineapple, cantaloupe, white table grapes... and it finishes with dry stones and lemon.

Anybody can make a good fruit salad but not everybody can balance every aspect to make that fruit salad exceptional. The aromas, the body weight, the acidity, the fruit characteristics on the palate, the timing of when you experience each of them. This is what makes Chablis so vastly different than the ocean of shitty unoaked Chardonnay that's out there.

The experience of a well crafted Chablis will change your life. And this Chablis goes above and beyond its price tag.

Price: $33
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by Baystate Wine & Spirits, and this was an unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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