2020 Domaine Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

Chablis, France

A ripe and open 1er Cru Chablis with layers of appeal and interest from heavyweights Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin.



About the Wine

Vaillons is one of the largest Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis, with a southeasterly aspect and high-quality Kimmeridgian soils.

Characteristically, the wines from this Cru tend to be more floral while still retaining the intense Chablis-minerality.

Produced from 45 year old vines spread over 5 climats, the site receives ample sunlight meaning that grapes achieve ripeness easily and make for a very approachable wine upon release. It is a very classical wine with notes of white flowers and sea air and, happily, lacks the austerity that is often found in young Chablis.

Fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mixture of tank and oak, it undergoes MLF and is bottled after 10 months maturation. A thoroughly enjoyable 1er Cru Chablis that is great drinking now but will evolve well over the next decade or two.

About Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

Domaine Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin sits at the very top of the Chablis tree, as one of only three producers to be rated 3 Stars by La Revue du Vins de France - their highest accolade. They share this achievement with longstanding greats Raveneau and (Vincent) Dauvissat.

The Droin family has been collecting small holdings in Chablis since 1620, now owning a little over 26 hectares of vineyards with extensive holdings in Premier and Grand Cru sites. In 1999 Benoît, Jean-Paul’s son, took over as winemaker and the domaine has since flourished. His meticulous vineyard management with severely restricted yields and careful élevage of the individual cuvees afford the attention to detail required for greatness.

The Droin style is one of purity and transparency, coupled with powerful concentration and deep minerality. The precise and painstaking nature of Benoit's winemaking has elevated this historic family-owned and run winery to one of the leading producers in Chablis.

Winemaker Benoit Droin
Winemaker Benoit Droin
Chablis, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

Our Vaillons is an assemblage of 5 separate "climats" (Epinottes, Roncières, Séchet, Chatains and Beugnons). It is a very classical wine with notes of white flowers and sea air. A very sunny exposure and its valley sheltered from the north winds bring quite early maturity that allows it to be enjoyed from its earliest years. It does not have the habitual austerity of young Chablis wines.

Over time, the wine loses its floral aspect in favour of tertiary aromas of menthol and oyster shell. It can be matched with all types of sea produce but also with regional cheeses.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2036
Bottle Size : 750ml

Benoit in the cellar
Benoit in the cellar
Chablis, France

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