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    2018 Domaine Roland Lavantureux Vauprin Chablis

    Chablis, FRANCE
    $71. 99 Bottle
    $863.88 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Roland Lavantureux founded his namesake Domaine in 1978 following completion of wine school in Beaune. Since then he has built a reputation for crafting some of the most consistent and reliable examples of Chablis from vineyards planted on the prized Kimmeridgian soils around the village of Lignorelles. The Domaine is now under the care of Roland's two sons Arnaud and David who have increased the family holdings to twenty-one hectares, adding single-vineyard cuvées while constantly striving for more complexity and layered texture in the mineral-driven wines they produce. Ferments are temperature controlled in stainless steel and all but the Petit-Chablis spends some time in 2 to 5 year old barriques. Whilst the Vaudesir is a mighty Grand Cru, the signature wine of the Domaine is the lieu-dit 'Vauprin' which is one of the highest vineyards in Chablis and gives remarkable mineral influence to the wine.

    Other Reviews....
    The 2018 Chablis Vauprin comes from 1.7ha of 25-year-old vines and is raised for 12 months in 50% oak barrels and 50% stainless steel. It has a very harmonious bouquet of yellow flowers, mirabelle, crushed rocks and light hazelnut aromas that attain impressive intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity; there is real tension and race here. The finish fans out wonderfully and its persistence deserves applause considering the relatively unknown location of this vineyard. Highly recommended. Drink 2021 - 2035.
    93 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    Served after the 1er Cru Fourchaumes and deservedly so – it would be hard to make a better straight Chablis this. Fine pale lemon colour. The nose is beautifully chiselled, with more personality than their Fourchaume. Very good weight of fruit, flesh even, helps to stretch out the finish. It is certainly “gourmand” this year.
    91 points
    Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy

    Resonant notes of roasted hazelnut on the nose of this wine sit well with the lemon brightness. The palate carries the same nuttiness but puts lemon freshness center stage. This slightly smoky combination is bedded on a smooth but cooling, yeasty texture, with beautiful length.
    92 points
    Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast