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Vignoble Dampt 2020 Chablis Vieilles Vignes


Type: White

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Category: Wine

Pairs with: Sauteed Scallops

Good for: Dinner on the Cape

Grape: Chardonnay

I am from: Burgundy, France

The Story: Bernard Dampt is from a family of farmers who have been growing grapes in Chablis for generations. He was worried that he wouldn't have any land to leave his sons to continue the vigneron tradition, so in the 1980's Bernard began buying up vineyards in the hopes that his three boys would continue farming and making wine. In 1998, his wish came true: he retired and handed the reins over to his children. Today, Bernard's sons, Eric, Emmanuel and Hervé craft over 30 wines ranging from Grand Cru Chablis to basic Bourgougne. They combine tradition and modernism to produce high quality, terroir driven wines for drinkers of all walks of life.

Why You'll Love Me: The Dampt Chablis Tradition is made from 100% Chardonnay, grown in Kimmeridgean soil -- a mix of limestone, clay and fossilized oyster shells -- that the region is famous for, fermented and aged in stainless steel for 10 months. In the glass, the wine pours a light lemon with gold highlights. Concentrated aromas of Granny Smith apple, lime and chalk waft from the glass with an added touch of seaspray. On the palate, the wine is focused and intense with a refreshing acidity, complex mineral flavors and a beautiful balance of textures: sleek, lean and racy. The finish is a mix of Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear and an appetizing saline minerality mixed with notes of white flowers.