- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2017 - 2027
- Case size
Goedhuis, October 2013,
Possibly the town’s most prestigious Grand Cru, partly because it was the first vineyard to be planted by the local monks of the time, but it is unquestionably superbly positioned. This is a wonderfully easy wine, beautifully composed, with its elegant white peach fruit flavours. It is generous and oozes great class. I described this wine in my cellar tasting notes as being “really, really special”. The flavours linger for a very long time. This is quite simply lovely.
Burghound, September 2014,
Once again, there is enough wood to notice but not really enough to materially detract from the broad-ranging nose of white flowers, citrus zest, oyster shell and mineral reduction. There is similar richness and power to the middle weight plus flavors that possess slightly better definition if not quite the volume of the Valmur. There is good energy to the saline and relatively dry finish that avoids overt austerity. I would suggest holding this for 7 to 10 years to allow more depth to develop as it’s only average at present. 92/2020+
Jancis Robinson, January 2014,
Smoky, perfumed – herbal and floral. Fantastic density on the length – real persistence of fruit. Real pith and grip on the palate. Long finish. Excellent. Drink 2015-2022
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.