2010 Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1109620 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chablis Vaillons is another striking wine endowed with breathtaking purity in its pure, crystalline fruit. The oak is beautifully integrated. Sweet minty notes wrap around the textured finish. The Vaillons was aged 20% in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.  (8/2011)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A discreet touch of wood frames a notably complex and densely aromatic nose of white flowers, wet stone and sea breeze nuances that introduces rich and generous middle weight flavors that manage to retain a fine sense of focus and balance on the punch, long and lemon-inflected finish. Like the Vosgros, this is not a wine of refinement but the depth is impressive.  (10/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from the second bottling, in January of 2012): Bright straw-yellow. Reticent aromas of citrus fruit and saline oyster shell minerality. Begins juicy and penetrating, with a distinctly taut quality to the citrus and steely mineral flavors, then shows a creamier aspect toward the back. Very fresh Vaillons with a long, spicy finish.  (7/2012)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.
Alcohol Content (%): 13