Domaine Vincent Dampt
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 chooses to vinify most of his wines in tank. This is one of the up and coming young leaders of the new generation of Chablis.