2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Jean-Paul Droin

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.

Critic score
89/100
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Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£27.88
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£167.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Vaillons, Chablis, France
  • Grape
    Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2028
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Jean-Paul Droin

TASTING NOTES

An interesting and relatively broad-ranging nose includes notes of white pepper, iodine, quinine and pretty floral scents. The plump, round and fleshy flavors possess a beguiling texture but not the same intensity and particularly so on the borderline fat finish. To be clear, this is by no means heavy or lacking vibrancy, but it seems clear that it should be drunk on the earlier side compared to many of these 1ers.

Allen Meadows, Burghound (November 2020)
89/100

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