"The Droins have been producing wines in Chablis for nearly 400 years (their history as vignerons goes back at least to 1620). Benoît represents the14th generation of Droins and is one of the most dynamic winemakers in the region. His father Jean-Paul put the domaine on the map. The domaine owns 13 hectares of vineyards and produces 14 different wines, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, 7 Premiers Crus and 5 Grands Crus. Benoît runs a more sophisticated operation from a large modern winery almost in the shadow of the grands crus. He has revised his pruning system and significantly reduced yields. In the cellar the principal change has been away from new oak. Each wine now gets the treatment which Benoît thinks is suited to its terroir. Thus Petit Chablis, Chablis, premiers crus Vaucoupin and Côte de Lechet, and grand cru Blanchots are all fermented and matured in tank. Vaillons, Mont de Milieu and Montée de Tonnerre receive 25 per cent of barrel fermentation and maturation, 35 per cent for Vosgros and Vaudésir, 40 per cent for Montmains and Valmur, peaking at 50 per cent for Fourchaume, Grenouilles and Les Clos. However the age of the oak and the choice of tonnelier may vary according to the cuvée. The maximum new oak is ten per cent in the grands crus. Droin says "I use less new oak now than I did 10 years ago; my feeling is that you don`t make your best wines in new oak barrels." Although these are rich, full-bodied, buttery wines, they still manage to retain a steeliness, raciness and purity of fruit which are the hallmarks of classic Chablis. " -- Jasper Morris MW
What The Critics Say
90-93/100 and "Sweet Spot Outstanding", Burghound, Allen Meadows
"There is a subtle touch of the exotic to the ripe and very fresh nose that offers up notes of white peach, dried apricot and hints of tidal pool and iodine that are trimmed in background whiffs of wood toast. There is good power and ample salinity to the vibrant and well-detailed flavors that are powerful, saline and impressively long while simultaneously offering fine complexity. One to consider." Drink 2024+
90-92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2018 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru is dense, powerful and textured in feel. Pear, apricot, spice and floral notes are all given an extra kick of richness in 2018. Creamy and open, but with good underlying structure, the Milieu is going to need a bit of bottle age to be at its very best, but it certainly offers terrific potential."
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