2014 Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis-Valmur Grand Cru

SKU #1241820 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss!* A highly restrained and distinctly cool nose features notes of green fruit and plenty of ocean shore nuances. There is excellent richness to the solidly concentrated and intense medium weight plus flavors that are at once caressing yet austere on the long and entirely serious finale. This is first-rate with fine depth and beautiful balance.  (10/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright, pale yellow. Ripe stone fruits and sweet oak on the nose. Wonderfully rich and pliant in the mouth, showing more volume as well as more oakiness than the Vaudésir but less inner-mouth tension and nuance. This will be a real peach bomb--but perhaps more Chardonnay and less classic Chablis than the Vaudésir. A touch phenolic on the aftertaste. Droin had old vines here until 2008 but he's now doing a lot of replanting and the average age of the vines is now only about ten years. (ST)  (8/2015)

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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 (%): 13.3