2010 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis

SKU #1085349 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A classic nose of green fruit and oyster shells gives way to rich, intense and agreeably racy middle weight flavors that possess a fine minerality on the minerally, pure and linear finish. Like the Petit Chablis, this is worth a look as it offers very good quality at this level.  (10/ 2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I very much like the way the 2010 Chablis resonates on the palate with notable energy. White pears, green apples, white flowers and crushed rocks meld together in the glass. In 2010, the Chablis is effortless, gracious and totally impeccable. A crystalline finish rounds things out in style. This is a great introduction to the vintage and an equally compelling example of just how delicious the entry-level wines can be in 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.  (8/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Yellow-green. Fresh citrus and floral scents and flavors. Classic dry village wine with a limey edge giving grip to the finish. Five grams of acidity here, according to Droin.  (8/ 2011)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
The Droin Family have been landowners for over 14 generation. This Village level Chablis is fermented and aged only in stainless steel. You can describe this wine with just one word, classic. This has all of the characteristics racy, pure and minerally; with modest mid-palate weight and a respectable finish. Buy this by the case or two, this is delicious now and will continue to be so for a few more years.

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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.
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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.