2022 Chablis Grand Cru Hommage à Louis (Les Clos), Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

2022 Chablis Grand Cru Hommage à Louis (Les Clos), Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

As ever, this is the pinnacle of the Droin wines, and one of the finest grand cru cuvées in Chablis. Benoît says it needs 20 years to reach its peak. I’ll keep my drink dates a little earlier, though I’ve no doubt the wine could peak at 20 years if you have the patience. It is tight and nervous, with weighty power underneath. The special name of this cuvée is in celebration of Louis Droin, who bought this parcel in 1920. The three vintages of 2020, 2021, and 2022 all carry Hommage à Louis on their labels. The powers that be briefly redrew the boundaries, but have since admitted their error, and it’s hoped from the 2023 vintage the label Les Clos can be fully reinstated.

Critic score
95.5/100 info

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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Les Clos, Chablis, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2044info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Grand Cru

Tasting notes

The issue of being allowed to call their holding Les Clos is nearly resolved but not in time for 2022. One of the paler colours. A gorgeous classical nose, as if this great vineyard knows best how to resist the climate. This wine has a tightly coiled intensity clearly over and above the rest of the range. Pure white fruit with a little touch of liquorice, it will certainly build into a relatively rich expression of Les Clos, but will maintain its precision and integrity. Very fine.

Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy (December 2023)

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