2019 Chablis

Explore the wines of Benoît Droin, Jean-Claude Bessin, Samuel Billaud and Long-Depaquit in this outstanding Chablis vintage, where freshness, concentration, and tension are the key characteristics.


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2019 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaucopins, Domaine Long-Depaquit

Dry | White | Still

The Long-Depaquit parcel is situated right at the crest of the hill. This premier cru is reserved, tight and fresh with lemon zest and salty notes defining the palate. Some gunflint smoky notes should develop mineral complexity with time in bottle. A little shy right now, it should blossom a year or two. Excellent value for a premier cru.

Young: 2021 - 2028

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Domaine Long Depaquit

Dry | White | Still

Where Les Vaucoupins is discreet and reserved, Les Clos is expressive and powerful, with the full, luscious weight of the warm year behind it. 25% is raised in oak, of which only a tiny portion is new. This is a buttery, weighted, striking, and satisfying Les Clos, given exciting precision by the vintage’s wonderful acidity. Pretty smart for the money.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis Grand Cru La Moutonne, Domaine Long Depaquit

Dry | White | Still

La Moutonne is a unique parcel – a monopole that has only had three owners since the middle ages. An incredibly steep slope, the ancient climat straddles the two grands crus: Vaudésir (95% of the parcel) and Preuses (just 5%). It has breadth and silky depth, and sensational balance. This is one of the finest examples of Chablis Grand Cru you will find and brings with it fantastic ageing potential.

Young: 2022 - 2037

2019 Chablis, Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

Dry | White | Still

Benoît’s village Chablis is a go-to wine across the vintages. Highly sought-after for its reliability and brilliant quality, we’re thrilled to add this cuvée to Lay & Wheeler this year. It has a beautifully chalky, citrus character, so typical of the Kimmeridgian soil here. Notes of oyster shell and a balanced, poised palate make this a pretty perfect wine at the price.

Young: 2021 - 2026

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

40% of this has been fermented and aged in oak, giving it a distinctly Burgundian feel. The vineyard has marly soil, and its wine’s aroma is like slicing through a juicy lemon. The oak helps give the palate structure and satisfying buttery depth, though the wine remains focused and nervous to the end.

Young: 2021 - 2029

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

This is a blend of five terroirs across the steep Vaillons premier cru. Blending gives Benoît the chance to introduce freshness, with higher acid fruit running through the riper parcels. 30% was fermented and aged in oak, giving a good depth of structure behind the bright and peachy fruit. It is usually one of the most forward and approachable in his cellar, and 2019 is no different, with its lovely scent of spring flowers. No need to wait here; it has the energy and tension to make it open from youth.

Young: 2021 - 2028

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

This is the first premier cru Benoît decides to show. It is so flinty and taut on the nose, with lime, lemon, apricot and floral aromas, followed by nice fleshiness on the palate. It feels fresh, ripe, and straight: a classic structure, with perhaps a touch more roundness than cooler years. This unoaked premier cru will drink well from early on.

Young: 2021 - 2028

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

The Valmur displays its calibre in its depth of fruit and precision. There are extra layers of floral precision here, and formidable drive on the finish. It has a wonderful length, and will reward the patient as its finely balanced elements evolve over the years.

Young: 2022 - 2033

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

Dry | White | Still

There is always a clear gear shift when you reach the grands crus of the Droin cellar, with their greater density and focus. The Vaudésir is much like the Vaillons: open and inviting already, and of all the grands crus, should begin to drink the earliest, though its drinking window should not be underestimated. Chalky lift and a white peach scent make for an enticing wine.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vosgros, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

This stands out in the Droin flight for its smoky, gunflint reduction. Benoît says Vosgros always shows a petrolly note in its youth, which marries beautifully with the impressive intensity on the palate in 2019. There is a quiet and refined austerity in this wine’s grip, expertly chiselled by the stainless steel fermentation and ageing. Very fine indeed.

Young: 2021 - 2028

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

This is a sunny, south-facing vineyard, and the Droin vines are old, and low yielding. In 2019 you can feel the concentration of the vintage. Its nose is laden with peaches, ripe pears, and an elegant reduction. The salinity and mineral energy of the palate carry the full body of the wine with admirable grace. Powerful and persistent.

Young: 2021 - 2030

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Jean-Paul Droin

Dry | White | Still

This is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the Droin 2019s, and one of the finest grand cru cuvées in Chablis. Delicious on the nose, with mesmerising notes of citrus, oyster brine, and green apple. But whilst the nose is already so expressive, the palate will need time to fulfill its potential. There is so much power and elegance here, it will be worth the wait.

Young: 2023 - 2034
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2019 Chablis, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

This comes from a blend of three parcels, which Samuel says each contributes complexity, richness and minerality. That’s a pretty good combination for a Chablis. It is flinty, clean-cut, direct, and persistent, and invariably one of our best-sellers.

Young: 2021 - 2026

2019 Petit Chablis, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

This fruit comes from a parcel that Samuel owns just above Grand Cru Les Clos, where the soil shifts to a mixture of Portlandian and Kimmeridgian limestone. When the parcel was owned by Billaud Simon it had a reputation as one of the best sites for Petit Chablis, and this has followed Samuel in his own venture. Limey, salty, and tight, with a neat line of acidity.

Young: 2021 - 2024

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet, Vieilles Vignes, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

Séchet is a lieu dit within Vaillons premier cru, which is prized for its floral, mineral, and delicate power. These old vines, aged between 60-80 years, produce one of Samuel’s most complete wines. It is freshly tight on the nose, all lemon and seaspray, combined with the palate’s depth perfectly demonstrates this winemaker’s pursuit of tension and energy in his wines.

Young: 2022 - 2030

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

Samuel’s Montée de Tonnerre is a blend of two parcels, one of which lies alongside that of Raveneau’s. Light peachy scent with a precise and sizzling length of taut chalky acidity. The creaminess of the year’s fruit comes through nicely on the finish.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

This comes from three parcels within the premier cru, and has been raised 80% in tank, and 20% in oak. It is one of the most open and expressive of the premiers crus. Concentrated and saline, it is intense and pure, with nicely weighted green fruit in its backbone.

Young: 2022 - 2030

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

A focused, firm and structured Vaudésir. Saline and crisp on the nose, there is something intriguing spicy on the palate - pickled ginger? This is a lovely grand cru from Samuel, with weight and depth, and packs a lot of punch.

Young: 2023 - 2035

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

Bursting with citrus and floral notes; freshly cut spring flowers and slices of lemon. A full, but precise and tense palate follows. Luscious without being heavy-weight, this strikes a fine balance. It should drink well from early on.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, Samuel Billaud

Magnum Dry | White | Still

Samuel’s Montée de Tonnerre is a blend of two parcels, one of which lies alongside that of Raveneau’s. Light peachy scent with a precise and sizzling length of taut chalky acidity. The creaminess of the year’s fruit comes through nicely on the finish.

Young: 2022 - 2035

2019 Chablis, Samuel Billaud

Magnum Dry | White | Still

This comes from a blend of three parcels, which Samuel says each contributes complexity, richness and minerality. That’s a pretty good combination for a Chablis. It is flinty, clean-cut, direct, and persistent, and invariably one of our best-sellers.

Young: 2022 - 2028

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

The most prized vineyard in Chablis, and with good reason. It feels tightly coiled in its youth, with a wisp of smoky iodine lingering over briny citrus fruit. This will need a few years to level out and fully express the power contained within its mineral, tingling shell.

Young: 2023 - 2036

2019 Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

It is hard to overemphasise how much more than a standard Chablis this is. The old vines range from 40-68 years old, and are scattered across seven different parcels, with a variety of soil structures and exposures. It takes the prize for ‘hidden gem’ of our Chablis range, with its crunchy, lime-juice zing, and compelling mineral freshness. The palate has weight and drive. This may be a wine of humble communal classification, but it has a profound character, and deserves special attention.

Young: 2021 - 2027

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

This might just be the best value grand cru in Burgundy. For the sheer weight of character, depth, and precision, you couldn’t do much better for the same price anywhere else. It is smoky, taut, so intense. The palate has elevated power and freshness. This should make great old bones.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

Fourchaume is one of the warmest sites in Chablis, thanks to its southerly exposure. In the hands of the Bessins it retains its punchy freshness in an explosive bright pineapple style. Vibrant, juicy, with a little touch of yellow spice, and a long, fresh finish. This is a prime example of the ‘alive’ style of wines here: it has so much expression, even in youth.

Young: 2021 - 2029

2019 Chablis 1er Cru La Forêt, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

Initially this is a little shy, but a quick swirl releases an intense nose of classical saline lime and apple. There is a harmony here between the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe stone fruit, and the nervous freshness of this style of Chablis. Fennel and fresh flowers weave through the texture of the wine. This is excellent.

Young: 2021 - 2029