2010 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1084494 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chablis Valmur is one of the sexier wines in this lineup. It shows a little more juiciness than some of the other 2010s, with shades of yellow stone fruits and a level of pure richness that balances some of the more overtly mineral tendencies of the year. It’s all there in the glass in this magnificent Chablis. The Valmur finishes with marvelous palate staining intensity that at times virtually covers the wine’s minerality. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Anticipated maturity: 2014+. (AG)  (8/ 2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is beautifully rich and powerful, with tropical fruit flavors and a hint of wood. It has enormous concentration of sweet, ripe white and yellow fruits, balanced by the sharp cut of acidity.  (11/ 2012)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Yellow-green. Very ripe aromas of apricot, lichee, honey and spices. Voluminous, soft and fat, with suggestions of exotic fruits. Very oaky now; does it have the depth to support the wood? Finishes dusty and persistent. From ten-year-old-vines.  (8/ 2011)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, Mâcon, 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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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