- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2023 - 2034
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
A newly named cuvée in honour of Benoit’s great grandfather who, 100 years ago in 1920, bought a section of vineyard bordering Grand Cru Valmur and Les Clos called “Au Clos, lieu-dit Les Clos”. For five generations this has always been part of their Les Clos blend, but bizarrely in the 1939 Appellation Controllée laws were mistakenly placed in Valmur. Successive generations of Droins have had an exemption allowing them to label the wine as Les Clos until this year when a new regime of French bureaucracy is questioning whether it should be Valmur or Clos! So, in true revolutionary spirit Benoit has renamed it. A superb wine balancing tropical exotic fruit flavours with a tense flinty direction. Very fine and a long controlled complex finish.
Burghound, October 2021,
Here too the nose is largely dominated by notes of smoky mineral reduction, acacia blossom, citrus rind and soft wood. There is excellent intensity to the admirably pure middle weight plus flavors that exude an inviting salinity on the detailed and hugely long finish that presently displays a hint of sweetness that I don't expect to last. This is potentially terrific. Don't miss! Drink 2030+
Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
It is quite something to be the 14th generation of your family making wines in the same town since 1620. Unsurprisingly over this 400-year period, the Droins have built up a sizeable 26-hectare estate and an enviable portfolio of appellations from both Grands and Premiers Crus within the Chablis region. Benoît joined his father at the estate in 1999 at the age of 24, and for the last decade has assumed total control. During this period, he has continued the family’s respect for their fine terroir and soil but has quietly adjusted the winemaking style. The use of oak is less prevalent today than in his father Jean-Paul’s time, resulting in a greater terroir identity to the domaine’s wines and a mineral drive and edge. At the risk of testing his natural modesty, Benoît is very firmly positioning himself and the estate as one of Chablis’s greats. Regularly achieving top spot in blind tastings, in our view his brilliance is unsurpassed today.
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.