- Domaine Jean-Paul Droin
- 2022 - 2029
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
From a selection of plots covering 9 hectares this is a glorious representative for village Chablis, with bright floral fruit aromas with a touch of lime zest. This unoaked cuvée reflects a giving Chardonnay character, hints of white stone fruits and jasmine, a sprinkle of honeysuckle coats the mouth before giving way to a lively freshness on the finish. Quite lovely.
Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
Slightly safer and less ostentatious than the MdT, this is a fabulous wine that really gets to the heart of the vintage, its vineyard, and the Domaine’s stylish talents. This is a bargain, too, so I expect it to get snapped up without delay. The fruit and detail far exceed this wine’s price.
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.