2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

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According to Stephen Tanzer, writing for Vinous.com: "I always look forward to visiting Benoit Droin's airplane hangar-like winery on the edge of town because it's a chilly respite from early-June heat in Chablis. But this year he was heating the large tank room because most of the 2014 malolactic fermentations had not yet finished. In fact, several wines were not ready to be tasted, although I had a quick look at the portion of each that was aging in barrel. Some early impressions: ...the Clos boasted compelling aromas of orange peel, ginger and vanilla and outstanding concentration and fat. This silky, round grand cru boasts a thick, slowly building finish that stains the palate... Droin generally picks early to retain acidity, and he told me that the wines that had finished their secondary fermentations were carrying a brisk five grams per liter of acidity, with pHs in the low 3.1 to 3.15 range. Potential alcohol levels in 2014 were fairly high at 12.8% to 13%."

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Alcohol Content (%): 13