2018 - Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Jean-Paul Droin
Colour
White
Producer
Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
Region
Chablis
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2021 - 2028
Case size
6x75cl

2018 CHABLIS 1ER CRU MONTÉE DE TONNERRE JEAN-PAUL DROIN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
Region
Chablis
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2021 - 2028
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2019

    Montée de Tonnerre is famed for producing the most hedonistic of the great Chablis premiers crus, and this is an absolute beauty that fulfils all expectations. On the nose, intense lemon sherbet notes give way to subtle tropical fruit aromas. There is a glorious warmth and generosity on the palate with a silken viscosity that complements the flavours of pears and mandarins. An absolute showstopper.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru is powerful, ample and rich, all of which give it a decidedly exotic flair. Lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers and apricot all flesh out in the glass. Droin's Montée de Tonnerre is usually a more reserved, finely cut Chablis, but the 2018 leans decidedly towards opulence. Although quite beautiful and expressive, in the early going this is one of the most overt 2018 Montée de Tonnerre wines I tasted.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2019,
    Score: 91-93

    Like the Vaulorent there is plenty of mineral reduction present on the fresh nose of tidal pool, pear and floral scents. The textured, powerful and solidly intense flavors possess good size and weight before concluding in a lemony and impressively persistent and bone dry finale. Interestingly this powerful effort isn't quite as refined though it is even more complex. Sweet spot. Outstanding. Drink: 2025+

  • JS

    James Suckling, August 2019,
    Score: 93-94

    Fermented 30% in oak. This is more classic and minerally and offers a blend of lemons and yellow nectarines with a very flinty spark on the nose, too. The white peaches here are stunning, so deliciously ripe, sweet yet fresh in the mouth. Good weight and concentration in this vintage. Smooth resolve at the finish. Drink on release or hold.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2019,
    Score: 90-93

    Pale lemon, still plenty of gas. Sultry ripe yellow plum, apricot, yellow peach notes. Very sunny style, retains enough tension, but this is about the sunshine. Spicy bacon aspects but above all the fruit. Lots of flesh to it.

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Producer

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.

Region

Chablis

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.