Jean-Paul & Benoit Chablis 2017

Bottled slightly later than the Petit Chablis, you can tell this is grown on Kimmeridgian Limestone rather than the Portlandian of Petit Chablis, the oyster shell notes taking precedence over the fruit aromas. This is however still incredibly energetic and refreshing, with a citrus punch that smacks you in the mouth, wonderful purity and a chalky, grippy minerality to the finish. Drinking beautifully at the moment and will be terrific throughout 2019.

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. 

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • 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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