2019 Chablis, Les Beugnons, 1er Cru, Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Burgundy

2019 Chablis, Les Beugnons, 1er Cru, Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Burgundy

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2019 Chablis, Les Beugnons, 1er Cru, Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Burgundy

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This is the southwestern part of Vaillons, south-facing and high on the slope; the 60-year-old vines are well-exposed. The wine is made in a concrete egg, enabling lees contact and micro-oxygenation without imparting any oak character. There’s slightly more breadth and complexity than the other Premiers Crus. Rounded and concentrated, there’s unmistakable oyster shell freshness; it should age well. Drink 2023-2030. 
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About this WINE

Domaine Sebastien Dampt

Domaine Sebastien Dampt

Sébastien Dampt is a rising star of Chablis and a new producer to the BBR fold. He is part of a dynasty that has been making wine in the region for over 150 years. Having studied in Beaune and gained experience around France, he returned to work for the family domaine in 2005 alongside father Daniel and brother Vincent. In 2007 he took 7 ha of family land and created an estate in his own name based in Milly to west of Chablis.

Split 50/50 between Village wine and Premier Cru, the wines are all vinified and raised in stainless steel to preserve the classic, steely appeal much loved of this venerable region.

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Chablis

Chablis

One of the most famous wine names in the world, Chablis has suffered from numerous imitators. Fifty years ago there were just 400ha of vineyards in Chablis, but today there are 4,900ha. Both the generic and Premier Cru vineyards have doubled since the early 1970s, and now include areas of Portlandian as well as traditional Kimmeridgian clay. 

Being further north than the rest of Burgundy, and on a different type of limestone (the aforementioned Kimmeridgian, with some Portlandian), the wines are subtly different in style – a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality that makes them so suited to seafood. Purists believe that only the Kimmeridgian soils, with their traces of marine fossils, should be used.

The outlying Portlandian vineyards are designated as Petit Chablis, although the vast majority of production is classified as Chablis, without any vineyard name. Forty vineyards are classified as Premier Cru, however several of these are grouped together to make 11 more commonly-used Premier Cru designations. The seven Grands Crus are clustered together in a group that overlooks the town of Chablis and the River Serein.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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Burghound90/100
Jasper Morris MW93/100

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Burghound90/100
(this was partially raised in concrete egg-shaped tanks and the rest in stainless steel). A ripe and very fresh nose combines notes of various white orchard fruit aromas with those of mineral reduction, sea breeze and quinine. The quite finely detailed flavors possess a lovely sense of tension and minerality though note the same level of complexity as the best in the range. Note that this relatively forward effort should drink well shortly after release. 2023+
Allen Meadows, Burghound, (December 2020) Read more
Jasper Morris MW93/100
Sébastien Dampt has been making his old vine Beugnons for the last seven years in a cement egg. The south facing slope makes for a softly sensual style of fruit, generous on the palate. Sébastien makes the parallel between Beugnons within Vaillons and Butteaux within Montmains. Very fine indeed.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, (November 2020) Read more