We were able to get a bit more of this rare Chablis from Dampt Freres after selling out from our previous offer. This is one of the best buys for Clos right now, with most examples demanding much higher pricing from other producers. We have the only bottles of this one in the world right now, and it is not a Chablis to miss.
We have one more excellent Grand Cru Chablis made by the sons of one of Chablis's original names, Bernard Dampt. Together three of the Dampt brothers and one of their wives work to make great wines under the Dampt name. Each person has their specialty, from winemaking to vineyard machinery, to organic farming. Their collaboration allows them to focus purely on one aspect of the process instead of one person doing it all, with 2020 being one of the most magnificent vintages from this Chablis address. Dampt recently acquired a bit of Les Clos, with 2020 being the first vintage for Dampt. Made with 20%-30% new depending on the vintage and the rest sees stainless steel tank, this is a fantastic bottle and is the best buy for Les Clos this vintage in Chablis, with most examples demanding over $100 a bottle. This is also a rare find, and we have the only bottles in the world right now of this new cuvee from Damt Freres. One of the ultimate buys for Grand Cru Chablis this vintage, this is a breakout success and a bottle that can be approached now if desired, as Gilman notes below.
John Gilman 94 points! "To the best of my recollection, this is the first time I have tasted the Les Clos bottling from the Dampt brothers. The wine is excellent in 2020, showing just a touch of oakiness in its personality. The bouquet is deep, complex and classy, wafting from the glass in a mix of apple, pear, a touch of anise, beeswax, a beautifully refined base of chalky, flinty soil tones, paraffin, white flowers and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with fine mineral undertow, zesty acids, lovely focus and a long, impeccably balanced and complex finish. This is a fine example of Les Clos that is approachable now, but could really do with a bit of time in the cellar to more fully unlock its secondary layers of complexity. (Drink between 2025 - 2060)