Wine & Spirits 95
Year's Best Issue
"The grandson of Jean Defaix, Vincent Dampt began working with his father, Daniel Dampt, in 2002; two years later, he inherited several parcels of vines, and established his own domaine. His parcel at Côte de Léchet faces southeast and the vines are more than 55 years old. Their fruit, vinified in stainless steel without added yeasts, produced a wine of awesome power, soothing in its delicacy, lasting for minutes with the scent of meadow flowers. The wine’s pure flavors share the mellow ripeness of golden apples, the dark savor of veal stock and the brisk saltiness of a sheep’s milk cheese. With all that depth of flavor, there’s nothing aggressive about it, just a fresh, subtle, stony Chablis that may stop you for a moment from thinking about anything else.
Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY"
Wine Spectator 90
"This round white exhibits peach, ripe apple and spice aromas and flavors. Harmonious and lively, with a mouthwatering finish that evokes citrus hints. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made. –BS"
"A pleasing, full-bodied wine comes from an exceptional terroir with 40 years old vines! The age of the vines, its exposure and terrain make this a flattering, round and well structured wine. It also has a nice minerality and a very expressive nose. Food pairing: This wine could be accompanied with roast lobster with saffron, a chicken breast with Epoisses or pike perch fillet with beurre blanc."
Southeast facing vines
Classic Kimmeridgian soil
55+ year old vines
Fermented and aged in stainless steel
The Dampt family has a long tradition of winemakers, in fact both Vincent’s father, Daniel Dampt, and grandfather, Jean Defaix, own highly-regarded estates in Chablis. Vincent grew up in the world of wine and decided to follow the family tradition when he was just 14 by enrolling himself in wine school in Beaune.
He trained in the Jura and with Leflaive in Puligny–Montrachet before heading overseas to New Zealand’s Marlborough region. In 2002 Vincent began working with his father as winemaker, and in 2004 inherited a few small plots of vineyards, enabling him to create his own estate. Vincent’s Chablis vineyards are situated on the left bank of the Serein river, on the famous Kimmeridgian marl; a mixture of clay, chalk and marine fossils. The only exception is the Petit Chablis that sits on Portlandian rock. The vines are 40 years old on average and naturally achieve very low yields. In order too preserve every bit of the classic Chablis cut and minerality, Vincent choosed to vinify most of his wines in tank. This is one of the up and coming young leaders of the new generation of Chablis.
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The Dampt family has a long and illustrious tradition of winemaking in Chablis, with Daniel Dampt and his grandfather Jean Defaix both owning highly regarded estates in the region. Daniel's son, Vincent, grew up in this world of Chardonnay and decided to follow in the family's tradition by enrolling himself in wine school at the young age of 14. After graduating, he trained for a short time in the Jura before gaining a position at none other than Domaine Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet. In 2002, after finishing his training at Leflaive, Vincent began working with his father as winemaker for the family's estate. After two years, he inherited a few small plots of vineyards, enabling him to create his own domaine. With full control over aspect of farming and winemaking, Vincent truly came into his own as a top tier producer in Chablis with wines that speak of precision and elegance.
Vincent's Chablis vineyards are exquisitely situated on the left bank of the Serein river, on the famous Kimmeridgian marl; a mixture of clay, chalk and marine fossils. For his village and premier cru wines, Vincent vinifies exclusively in tank to preserve every bit of the classic Chablis cut and minerality. With his micro-production Grand Crus, he ferments and ages the wines in older barrels. The fruit for these wines comes from prime parcels in Valmur and Les Clos, showing every bit the majestic qualities that have made these vineyards legendary. With his minimalist approach in the cellar, Chablis rarely is able to express itself with such clarity.