En Primeur | Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 2019

In the world of wine, Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin is the equivalent of Chablisien nobility. Benoît is the 14th generation of this great winemaking family and is taking the domaine to new heights. His father Jean-Paul was a man of his time, producing wines of the very highest quality but bearing the influence of oak aging which was then so fashionable. Benoît, however, has set out to plough his own furrow. He strives to produce wines with a true terroir character and the steely minerality for which the greatest wines of Chablis are famed. To this end, he uses oak in moderation and only for some of his cuvées.

Benoît is extremely happy with his 2019s in everything but quantity. The average production of the domaine is down a whopping 40% in comparison to the 2018s. He attributes this to the cooler spring temperatures, particularly in April, which caused stress at budding time. Consequently, many vines had just one bunch of grapes per branch as opposed to the normal two or three. The flip side is that these reduced numbers of bunches have produced wines of extraordinary intensity and quality. This is a superlative selection.

Please note: due to high demand, online purchases of 2019 Burgundies are limited to 1 case of each wine. For more information please contact your account manager or wine@goedhuis.com

Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Chablis Jean-Paul Droin

12x75cl 10+ £174.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Strikingly steely mineral aromas. A hugely intense wine for a village Chablis, which will benefit from a period of ageing. Very structured and controlled. Beautifully vibrant, the gentle touch of honeycomb on the finish provides both charm and approachability.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 88

    Here the somewhat tropical nose also offers reasonable if not special typicity. The very forward and almost easy-going flavors possess good punch on the clean and dry finish. This too will drink well early on.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 17.5

    Delicious in every department with a fabulous floral nose, a keen attack, a plump midriff and a drama-packed finish. This wine tells an engaging story perfectly, as you might expect, and it also happens to be great value for money. Finer than many Premier Crus from less starry Domaines, there is a volume of flavour coupled with a keen freshness which keeps this creation honest and lively. It will drink well young, but try to hold off until it is three years old for it to fully blossom. Drink 2021-2025

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 86-88

    Some light green tints in the yellow. A rich and ripe nose, but not as exotic as the Petit Chablis. This is plump, full rather than, soft, and still finishes classically, but with ample flesh nonetheless. 3 stars.

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2019

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Jean-Paul Droin

6x75cl 10+ £126.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This is a gloriously radiant wine, full of sunshine and brightness. With hints of lemon sherbet, jasmine and infused tea, it is floral, graceful and yet complex. Masses of charm, the combination of floral honeysuckle and sea air make for a wine with great balance and thoughtfulness. Lovely.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 89

    An interesting and relatively broad-ranging nose includes notes of white pepper, iodine, quinine and pretty floral scents. The plump, round and fleshy flavors possess a beguiling texture but not the same intensity and particularly so on the borderline fat finish. To be clear, this is by no means heavy or lacking vibrancy, but it seems clear that it should be drunk on the earlier side compared to many of these 1ers. Drink 2023+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 18

    This is always a great wine and this 2019 is no exception. As excitable as a Labrador puppy, Vaillons bounds up to you with the warmest of welcomes and is immediately a friend for life. The fruit is broad-brushed, generous and plentiful and the finish is raspy, firm and commanding, as it should be, so that balance and accuracy are, thankfully, maintained. Drink 2021-2027

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    Fresh lemon colour. Saline nose right from the start. Ripe enough to have, some floral touches to the bouquet as well. The same idea continues through on the palate, a little bit of spice from the ripeness, but without losing the lemon zest. Less determinedly dry than in, some years. 4 stars.

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2019

Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Jean-Paul Droin

6x75cl 10+ £144.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    A very textured wine, this exudes power and self-confidence with its broad shoulders, richness and weighted fruit. Hints of crème anglaise, mandarin and sweet satsuma, great balance and the touch of buttered brioche on the finish help to create a wine with total appeal. Fabulous.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 91

    A smoky nose of mineral reduction, grapefruit and oyster shell introduces dense and almost painfully intense flavors that are supported by citrus-tinged acidity on the powerful and focused finish. Though tightly wound at present, I suspect that this will flesh out relatively quickly. 2024+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 18+

    By contrast to Vaillons, Montmains is stern and unyielding. This is the wine to buy to lay down while you polish off your Vaillons. Rich, structured and fine, this is a fabulous wine with a very long, sophisticated finish. The balance between fruit and power is exquisite and while you are allowed enough of a peep behind the curtain, there is a whole performance yet to come. This is a sensational Premier Cru with the build-quality and presence of a GC. Drink 2023-2030

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    Pale lemon and lime. The Montmains has a stricter nose, some grilled hazelnut on the palate even a touch of pyrazine or scorched rocks. Lime note at the finish, quite complex. Benoît characterises it as more Burgundian. 3 stars.

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2019

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Jean-Paul Droin

6x75cl 1 £264.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020,
    Score: 93

    Vaudésir is always one of the most approachable Grands Crus in the cellar. The vineyard stretches across a bend in the slope and the wines are typically quite generous and floral, displaying mineral depths and a firm acidity. This cuvée sees some oak which results in a beautiful, rich style of this famous Grand Cru.

  • BURG

    Burghound, December 2020,
    Score: 93

    Subtle but not invisible wood sets off aromas of white flowers, citrus, a whiff of exotic fruit and wet chalk. The rich yet elegantly textured medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension before terminating in a focused and exceptionally long finish. This is noticeably firmer than any of the prior wines and a wine that should age effortlessly over most of the next decade.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 92-96

    Pale lime notes, a weight of fruit, not exotic, but still clearly ripe. Even quite discreet, but it is all there. Really interesting, detailed range of flavours, some orange zest then a little prickle of minerality, next up is, some yellow fruit, then a long classical finish. The Corton Charlemagne of Chablis, Benoît suggests. 4 stars.

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  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.