The 2015 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a lot of reduction on the nose that is indicative of a Vincent Dauvissat wine being broached prematurely. The palate is compact and very well balanced, with a fine line of acidity, but ferociously backward, especially on the praline-tinged finish. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Robert Parker 91
The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons is more tightly wound on the nose compared to the Sechet, but it eventually reveals scents of lemon curd, white flowers and flint scents. The palate is very well balanced, caressing in the mouth, again quite spicy with stem ginger and white pepper generously lavished on the tensile finish, with dried honey smeared over the aftertaste. This is doubtlessly a classy Vaillon, although here I found it eclipsed by the Sechet.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2040