The Droin Chablis is one of the most consistent wines in our whole range, every year delivering a benchmark example. The 2017 has a delicious balance and excellent complexity for a communal wine. There is both the sharpness and juiciness of crisp apple on the palate and a nice saline length.
This had just been racked and sulfur dominated the nose. Otherwise there is a sleeker and finer mouth feel to the round, delicious and again nicely vibrant flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the lingering finale. This should drink well immediately yet repay a few years of cellaring too. Drink: 2020+
The 2017 Chablis, due to be bottled in September, has a tightly wound, slightly chalky bouquet with hints of musk developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a satisfying sense of volume and precision, touches of orange zest, dried apricot and ginger with an elegant and refined finish. There is a nascent sense of panache here that you might not expect for a mere Village Cru. The key will be to capture that in bottle. Drink 2019-2025
The 2017 Chablis is airy, gracious and beautiful, with striking freshness and a good bit of underlying structure to back it up. White flowers, mint, crushed rocks and orchard fruit give the 2017 remarkable energy and nuance. Drink 2020-2029
Benoît Droin’s Chablis shows classical crisp mineral reduction. Pale in colour with green tints, medium bodied, technically excellent and with a vibrant, salivatory component. Good length too. 4 stars.
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.