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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Petit Chablis 2017

Benoît Droin makes this wine with no oak and bottles it in the spring following the harvest to capture the fresh, zesty profile he is seeking from Petit Chablis. The nose is vibrant, with aromas of freshly cut grass, citrus fruit and a pleasant smoky touch. The palate is juicy and shows impressive concentration of succulent peach alongside lovely crisp acidity and a tangy, mineral finish. The grapes for this come from two parcels, both of which are in the best area for Petit Chablis, on the plateau behind the Grand Cru vineyards.

The Droin family is one of the oldest Chablis producers in Burgundy with 400 years of experience. Their vigneron history dates back to 1620 with Benoît Droin representing the 13th generation. His father, Jean-Paul, put the domain on the map but may have used new oak barrels more than it was good for the wine. The Petit Chablis didn't see any oak at all. Ripe stone, tropical and citrus fruits dance together in harmony on the nose and on the palate without stepping onto each others feet. All tempered by mouth-watering acidity. Perfect for all kinds of white meat or just on its own.

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Origin: Petit Chablis / Burgundy / France
  • Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

About Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

'People often cite Domaines Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat as the two greatest exponents of Chablis, however, I would like to add a third - Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin. Over the last five or six years, Benoît Droin has really ratcheted up the quality. I cannot exaggerate how often Droin's wines end up the best of the flight during the annual 'Burgfest' blind tastings. Again and again, they shine against stiff competition. It is time to accept that Droin is now one of the leading producers in Chablis.' Neal Martin 2018

Stylistically, Benoît places 2017 somewhere between 2014 and 2012; two of the best vintages in recent memory. From a man who is not prone to exaggeration, this is strong praise indeed. He highlighted the good level of ripeness, giving the wines a rounded profile, but not at the expense of freshness or minerality. The acidity levels are good; having begun very high, these softened a touch with fermentation and maturation, giving harmonious and balanced wines which display their individual terroirs. Every Chablis vintage for the next dozen years will inevitably be compared to the legendary 2014s, and whilst the 2017 doesn’t
quite possess that piercing minerality, it is a serious, age worthy vintage and certainly the next best since at least 2010.

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