- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2020 - 2026
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Goedhuis, December 2019
At 4.5 hectares, this left bank premier cru is Benoît’s largest parcel. 30% of the fruit is vinified in barrel but still retains its verve and perfume of rose petals and blossom. The palate is gentle and harmonious, with flavours of juicy fresh peaches. Elegant and forward drinking.
Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is airy and gracious, with striking inner perfume and lift. Citrus peel, white pepper and chalk give the Vaillons its brilliant aromatic top register and total sense of class. This is an especially bright, tender style for Vaillons (an early-ripening site) and for the vintage. Bright saline notes punctuate the finish.
Burghound, October 2019,
A more classically styled nose features notes of citrus, iodine, seashore and cool green apple. The middle weight and attractively energetic flavors combine good minerality and density with a dry, youthfully austere and focused finale. Lovely. Drink: 2023+
James Suckling, August 2019,
This blend of five different plots sees a small amount of oak – 25% in a mix of new to six-year-old barrels. Attractive white peach, lime and lemon on the nose. A supple palate, fresh and almost crunchy, and quite contained with lemons and white peaches throughout. Drink on release.
Jasper Morris MW, December 2019,
The Vaillons was being fined when I tasted it in May. The barrel component is no more than 20% this year. Clean pure colour and a chiselled nose, though a bit blocked by sulphur at the moment. The fruit in the mouth is powerful and quite ripe with ripe pears and a spicy edge to it. Some cockles behind.
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.