Jean Defaix is one of the better known and longer standing Chablis producers and his only daughter married Daniel Dampt. Daniel began his own Domaine in Jean’s cellars and as the years passed, Jean’s grandsons, Daniel’s sons (who had both worked in either Australia or New Zealand for experience) also established their own brands from their inherited vineyards and these two, Vincent and Sebastien Dampt, organised to build a large new modern cement structure for a winery on the hills above the village of Milly.
All four brands are now made in this winery with the grandsons now making and supplying the wines to maintain their legacy of the Domaine Jean Defaix wines, for which there is still significant demand around the world.
In the only occasion that I have seen it, they have built a large, very modern tasting room up a seriously wide staircase above some of the cellars and operational areas with wall to wall windows on three sides looking into the hills, the distance and out over the village and into the Grand Cru slopes, in order.
The wines of Sebastien have been well reviewed for a least a decade by Allen Meadows of Burghound who says they are very good examples of the unoaked school, and great value for money at their, and these, prices.
Lamont’s Cottesloe have been landing Sebastien Dampt’s Chablis exclusively in Australia for about 10 years.
The 2018 vintage appears to have produced delicious and high quality Chablis. JJ
Domaine Sebastien Dampt ‘Terroir de Milly’ Petit Chablis 2016. Qty Avail. 60 – $28
The 2016 Petit Chablis Terroir de Milly has a clean and precise, gunflint-scented bouquet that just needs to muster a little more intensity. The palate is clean and fresh with a twist of sour lemon, the acidity well judged and displaying commendable focus and salinity on the finish. For a Petit Chablis this punches above its weight.
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com
A fresh and bright nose reflects plenty of Chablis typicity along with notes of pear, citrus and petrol. There is fine richness to the voluminous flavors that possess sufficient energy on the caressing finish such that the overall impression is refreshing and inviting. To enjoy young. Burghound
Jack & Sebastien Dampt
Domaine Sebastien Dampt “Terroir de Milly” Petit Chablis 2016. Qty Avail. 60 – $28
Dry, round, balanced, long, clean and crisp. Lovely for the appellation. Brilliantly made and very modern in style. 17.9 points, JJ
Domaine Sebastien Dampt ‘Les Vaillons’ Premier Cru Chablis 2017. Qty Avail. 93 – $49
The 2018 vintage gave tiny grapes from Sebastien’s 60 year old vines which has produced a lighter, finer, elegant, long and classy Chablis. It is modern and of serious lingering length for a Premier Cru Chablis. 18.4 points, JJ
Domaine Sebastien Dampt Chablis 2018. Qty Avail. 120 – $32
From five hectares! From 60 year old vines and a 40 hectare plot. Expansive, long and classy. Subtle, lovely and delicious. This wine has life. Great value and possibly the best wine that we have tried under this label in those ten years of importing this brand.
18.3 points, JJ
Domaine Sebastien Dampt ‘Les Beugnons’ Premier Cru 2018. Qty Avail. Sold Out – $54
The tiny quantities of this wine are produced in one of the now-famous and texture and quality inducing eggs. Whilst remaining young and closed, this wine is complete and balanced. It is textured, very long and seamless, and has a wonderful cleansing finish and aftertaste. The egg has added extra balance and complexity to what was already a complete wine. 18.5 points, JJ
Domaine Sebastien Dampt ‘Cote de Lechet’ Premier Cru 2017. Qty Avail. 120 – $49
Sébastien Dampt is the son of Daniel and the wines are made in the same facilities and with the same philosophies. As the scores and comments suggest, these are well-made wines and at the prices the Dampt wines generally sell for, they are first-rate bargains. Readers should know that Dampt is a member of the “no oak” school, at least for the non-négociant wines. Cool and pure aromas of mineral reduction and petrol set off the ripe spiced pear and citrus nuances. The sleek, intense and delicious middle weight flavors possess excellent volume and cut while delivering outstanding length on the lingering finish that is saline almost to the point of seeming salty. Fine quality here and worth a look.
92 points, Burghound
Meaty and chewy – in a good way. Very honest Chablis with a long life ahead.
There is a lovely classic Chablis nose of crushed oyster shell and lemon fruit. The palate is tangy, with a surprising structure and grip, while remaining fine and elegant. The old vines suffer from court-noué, giving lots of very small grapes which results in plenty of concentration and phenolic grip. Lemony and saline, this is textbook Chablis with a punch. The 2017 has a persistent aroma of green citrus fruits and white flower blossom. On the palate fresh stone fruits are balanced by a really fresh acidity which leads to an incredibly long finish. Drink from 2018.
Man is this a smoking vintage of Lechet. The nose is classic Lechet aromas of mineral, seashells and lemon zest, lime pith and hint of smoke with terrific complexity. But man does this bring the OYSTER! Maybe like the brine of some powerful east coast oyster like from Prince Edward Island. It’s oyster central always in this Lechet. The palate is just nuts and glimmering and shimmering with energy, some tart fruit and oyster brine that is rendered so so pure. Really incredible and powerful lemon and lime fruits with pith and purity that just intertwine with the classic and powerful seashell minerality. It’s very, very dense. Sebastien has improved so much and the extra elevage has made these wines better and deeper than they have ever been. Incredible concentration and the deepest Lechet I’ve ever had. Huge palate impact here. Super juicy and awesomely intense. Really intense. If you leave it in your mouth, it almost feels like its alive and almost pushing at the corners of your mouth trying to escape. This will age wonderfully. You can feel the additional depth in the wine trying just screaming its presence. Awesome classic Chablis acids. The palate tingles and pumps juicy seashell complexity with a refined delivery. Really elegant. Lemon lime seashell saline finish that keeps on going. Just the best part of the oyster juice from the best oyster of the dozen. Oh man I can taste it now. It’s young. That is for sure. Totally awesome Lechet. I see this aging very well. Some of the vines from this bottling were planted in 1937! It was bottled in March of 2018. That is very late. Longest elevage ever for this wine. Neal Martin gave the 2016 a 91, which is a more difficult vintage. Good promise for the far superior 2017.