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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Premier Cru 'Vaillons' 2017

The wines from Droin are now firmly established at Philglas & Swiggot and increasingly recognised as amongst the top echelon of producers in Chablis. The 2017 vintage has delivered outstanding wines, a match for the exceptional 2014s with similar clarity and brilliance and just a little more ripeness of fruit. The Premier Cru Vaillons Chablis was tasted recently at our Burgundy tasting and shone for its gorgeous class and benchmark typicity. Its very fine structure and tightness suggests this will only blossom over the next few years.

Vaillons is a large Premier Cru facing southeast towards the morning sun, and tend to make wines noted for their white fruit and floral characters, and overall delicacy compared to the Grand Crus. Around 20% of Vaillons is fermented in small oak, but just a whisper of that is new and it makes no appearance in the flavour of the wine.

'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 flight in the annual 'Burgfest' blind tastings.......it is time to accept that Droin is now one of the leading producers in Chablis.' Neal Martin, Vinous - August 2018

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin: 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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