2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"

SKU #1257268 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As it usually is this is riper with hints of white peach and pear on the notes of mineral reduction, iodine and shellfish. There is excellent richness to the concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that exhibit absolutely no sense of heaviness as there is a firm core of acidity providing for both balance and structure on the intensely mineral-driven finish that is more refined than the description would suggest. In a word, impressive.  (10/2015)

91-94 points Vinous

 Pale lemon-yellow. Fresh, inviting aromas of lime, nectarine, white peach, menthol, mint and fresh herbs. Dense, sappy and seamless; precise and light on its feet, with a near-perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Gains in thickness on the back end, finishing dry and classic, with lingering notes of lime peel and dried herbs. (ST)  (8/2015)

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- 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.