- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2018 - 2024
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Goedhuis, December 2017
The clay soils of Montmains have produced a floral, exotic and aromatic style of Droin Chablis, with fleshy yellow fruit flavours. It leans towards richness and spice over minerality, and oak ageing (35%) complements the wine’s natural breadth. 2016’s fresh bite drives through the finish to keep the wine neatly in balance. This vineyard was badly hit by the frost and quantities are considerably down on a normal year.
Neal Martin, August 2018,
The 2016 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru has a lovely bouquet with quite intense aromas of white peach, yellow plum and struck flint, all very focused with good precision. The palate is very well balanced with greater depth and intensity than the Vaillons, veins of ginger and lemongrass, precise and nuanced on the finish. Excellent. Drink 2019 - 2030
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Montmains saw 35% to 40% aging in oak, with the remainder in stainless steel. It has an almost Chassagne-like bouquet and already demonstrates impressive intensity with scents of almond and hazelnut that Benoît Droin attributes to the clay soils. The palate is well balanced, with a slightly viscous opening that recedes midway, leaving the second half with white citrus fruit and a touch of spice and nutmeg. I love the cohesion and the build of this Montmains and its crescendo on the finish. Recommended. Drink 2020-2032
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Big and muscular. Not refined but chewy and youthful. 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.