2010 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin "Montee de Tonnerre" Chablis 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

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93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is rather exotic in this vintage. It shows off layers of super-ripe fruit in a voluptuous, caressing style that, nevertheless, retains plenty of focus and verve. An array of saline, minerally and smoky notes appears later, adding further complexity. This is a striking, complete wine that simply dazzles from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030." (08/11) 92-94 points Burghound: "(20 to 25% of new, 1, 2 and 3 year old wood). As soon as I stuck my nose in the glass I knew that it was all but impossible not to immediately tag this as not only a classic Chablis but a Chablis of distinction. Notes of algae, sea breeze, iodine and mineral reduction suffuse the elegant and admirably pure white flower aromas that merge seamlessly with intense and equally pure medium weight plus flavors that possess a driving stoniness on the mouth coating, powerful, focused and hugely long finish. This is a seriously impressive wine of grand cru dimensions. " 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer: "(30% fut, a bit more than usual owing to the lower yield of 45 hectoliters per hectare): Pineapple, lemon-lime, white pepper, smoky silex and a suggestion of bacon on the fascinating nose. Penetrating, powerful and rather closed in the mouth, with strong minerality dominating today. An impression of dusty dry extract gives the classically dry, very long finish an almost tannic impression. Plenty of potential here."

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