2019 Domaine Roland Lavantureux Vauprin Chablis
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.
The 2019 Chablis Vauprin mingles aromas of orchard fruit and orange oil with a patina of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with tangy acids and an open-knit core of fruit, it will appeal to readers who appreciate a more overtly oak-inflected style of Chablis. Drink 2021 - 2031.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)
Lemon tree, mineral and flint on the nose with a hint of matchstick. Full-bodied with density and intensity. So much character here. Some phenolics. Flavorful finish. This is so real. Drink now.
Every year the Lavantureux Chablis Vauprin strikes me as one of the very best Chablis bottlings of the vintage and the 2019 is no exception. Pale lemon, some limeblossom notes on the nose along with a bit of greengage, first class balance as ever, this has muscle, a well-built wine with its customary splendid finish. Absolutely holds together. This wine is served after the 1er Cru Fourchaume and merits that placement.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy