2022 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

2022 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

This is a blend of five terroirs across the steep Vaillons premier cru (out of a possible total of eight). Blending gives Benoît the chance to introduce freshness, with higher acid fruit running through the riper parcels. The 2022 is gorgeously floral, as great Vaillons tends to be in its youth. It’s an elegant wine with classical balance. As usual 25% was fermented and aged in old oak, and though it’s hugely appealing right from the get-go, this should age beautifully as well.

Critic score
92/100 info

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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Vaillons, Chablis, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2034info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
  • Classification
    Premier Cru

Tasting notes

Ready for bottling. 20% barrel this year, some new. A glowing lemon and lime colour. There is a strictness to the nose, along with the concentration of the vintage. Then more opulence starts to show, ripe lemons here. A future waxiness. The stones turn up at the back, as they should, and the sun-kissed lemons infiltrate the finish. This is going to be lovely.

Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy (December 2023)

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