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Goedhuis, November 2020,
Vaudésir is always one of the most approachable Grands Crus in the cellar. The vineyard stretches across a bend in the slope and the wines are typically quite generous and floral, displaying mineral depths and a firm acidity. This cuvée sees some oak which results in a beautiful, rich style of this famous Grand Cru.
Burghound, December 2020,
Subtle but not invisible wood sets off aromas of white flowers, citrus, a whiff of exotic fruit and wet chalk. The rich yet elegantly textured medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension before terminating in a focused and exceptionally long finish. This is noticeably firmer than any of the prior wines and a wine that should age effortlessly over most of the next decade.
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
Pale lime notes, a weight of fruit, not exotic, but still clearly ripe. Even quite discreet, but it is all there. Really interesting, detailed range of flavours, some orange zest then a little prickle of minerality, next up is, some yellow fruit, then a long classical finish. The Corton Charlemagne of Chablis, Benoît suggests. 4 stars.
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.