- WinemakerFlorent Dauvissat
Domaine Agnès et Didier Dauvissat Petit Chablis Les Deux Terres 2021
The First Bottle faithful made quick work of the last vintage of this wine – so we’re back! Just an exceptional Petit Chablis, from plots right above Chablis’ revered Grand Crus, for a nigh-on unheard-of price! Only a couple of spots in the entire country have this beauty, and we’re just thrilled to be one of them! (With the best price, of course!)
Agnès and Didier Dauvissat’s 13-hectare property is based in the village of Beine, just about 10 minutes west of Chablis. They have attracted a fair share of critical praise since their inception in 1987, and these wines get a little bit harder to get every single year!
This young (by Burgundy standards, at least) Domaine is currently run by the second generation, Florent Dauvissat. His familial connections got him an opportunity to train in the cellars at the far more famous Vincent Dauvissat, as his father Didier, is Vincent’s cousin. It seems as though his time there has been put to good use, as these 2021 wines are simply fantastic – layered, complex, crunchy, ripe, and round – essentially everything one might want in a drink-me-up Petit Chablis!
This is their smallest production, only about 350 cases total, from their 3.5-hectare holdings in Petit Chablis. The fruit hails from two south-facing, old vine parcels near Beine and just above the cluster of Chablis’ seven Grand Crus. All of the fruit is fermented in stainless steel, before aging exclusively in neutral barrels at a minimum of seven years old. The resulting wine is round and floral, with a pronounced aroma of star jasmine, honeysuckle, and wisteria blossom. Tangerine and bright green apples form the juicy and pleasing core, with accents of salted golden plums and fresh-picked tarragon and chervil. A light minerality completes the warm and comforting finish – just a lot going on for a wine well under $30! We expect this to fly even faster than the previous vintage – White Burgundy, of this quality and value, always finds a ready home rather quickly. Claim a few of your own while we have them!
PAIRING IDEAS: The floral aspects of this wine make me think a natural pairing would be a delicate, but firm, white fish–like halibut. I’m going to re-create this crudo with smoked cream and radishes…I’m already salivating just thinking about it!