- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2021 - 2026
- Case size
- Available Later
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.
Burghound, November 2020,
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+
Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
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
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
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.
Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
Benoît Droin is the 14th generation of his family to manage this domaine, whose history stretched back a staggering 400 years. He is a fanatical viticulturalist with an unparalleled understanding of the impressive array of the region and its vines. Widely respected as one of the most dynamic winemakers in the region, he has build on the success of his father, Jean-Paul, in his own distinctive style. He has taken the domaine away from the pronounced use of new oak for which it was once known, and reduced yields through a revised pruning system. The concentration and purity of the fruit he produces makes exemplary Chablis. Unmistakable as well as captivating; Chablis at its best.
Chablis is world famous for its fine white wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. The best vineyards are perched above the winding Serein river and are south or southwest facing ensuring better ripeness in this cooler climate. It has four appellation levels. Petit Chablis is the most modest and simple followed by Chablis, which is the largest and most prominent. Premier cru Chablis is the third largest appellation and encompasses almost 40 different climats or vineyards including the famed Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaumes and Mont de Milieu. The most noble of all Chablis are the grand crus of which there are 7 climats in total Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. The wines of Chablis have remained some of the best value in the world, particularly their superb grand crus which can easily cost 50% less than its closest revered white grand cru neighbour, Corton Charlemagne.