- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2018 - 2024
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Goedhuis, December 2017
This is a jewel of the Droin cellar, and its lustre is glinting in 2016. Textural depth of flavour, with stone fruit, spice, smoke, grilled nuts, and saline freshness amounting to a most appealing style. Both pure and concentrated.
Neal Martin, August 2018,
The 2016 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre has a captivating bouquet with apple blossom, cold stone and what brings to mind that slightly algae-like scent, like a pond in the middle of a country village! This is very well defined and there is a lovely flinty note that evolves with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a precise entry, a crisp line of acidity, taut and linear with a tang of spice towards the harmonious, pure, terroir-driven finish. What a great Montée de Tonnerre. Drink 2019 - 2032
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has such a pretty, winsome bouquet with scents of pressed white flowers, white peach, subtle smoke and walnut aromas. The palate is flinty on the entry with wonderful tension. This is not a powerful Chablis but one that emphasizes the terroir and is blessed with a precise, elegant and persistent finish. This is an outstanding effort by Benoît Droin and clearly the pick of his premier crus this year. Drink 2020-2034
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Cool, restrained and chalky. Not the most communicative Chablis 2016. Lots to chew on. Drink 2025-2040
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.