2018 Droin Chablis

2018 Droin Chablis

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92 Points John Caro
2018 Droin Chablis
92 Points John Caro

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A superb Chablis from boutique leaders in the region, Jean Paul and Benoit Droin. The history of the family Droin (pronounced like "du-wah") goes back a long way, with Benoit being the 16th generation -- but the first to become one of the region's most definitive. Grown on the proper sea-shell soils which make the style famous, this white conveys beautiful citus and florals infused with a harmonious minerality. A new and exclusive import, the Droin Chablis is a must try.

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$39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle




Its Origins

"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

92/100 Jamie Goode (2017 vintage)

"This has nice concentration and intensity with a creamy edge to the sweet peach and pear fruit. Has a nice texture and it’s full and very tasty in the mouth with juicy citrus fruits."

Vinous, Neal Martin (2017 vintage)

"The 2017 Chablis, due to be bottled in September, has a tightly wound, slightly chalky bouquet with hints of musk developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a satisfying sense of volume and precision, touches of orange zest, dried apricot and ginger with an elegant and refined finish. There is a nascent sense of panache here that you might not expect for a mere Village Cru."

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    2019 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH
with PORK



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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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