"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
94/100 Decanter, Tim Atkin MW (2018 vintage)
"Located in a slight hollow in the middle of this excellent Premier Cru - the only one that touches the Grands Crus - this faces south but is still a cool terroir. Lightly wooded, unlike the unoaked 2017, this is one of the freshest and raciest wines in the Droins' cellar this year, with flinty, struck match aromas, racy, citrus-edged acidity and classic limestone bite." Drink 2021 - 2028
91-93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, William Kelley (2017 vintage)
"The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent was... one of the stars of the portfolio, wafting from the glass with notes of mandarin oil, green apple and oystershell. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and ample, with an elegantly satiny attack, a deep core of fruit and a precise, stony finish."
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