2013 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 1er Cru Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1269298 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Mineral and flinty at the start, this young wine has an intense structure. Tannins and fruit skins give a strong, tight texture. At the same time, the acidity is just as intense, crisp and juicy, tight and needing many years to develop. (RV)  (10/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 Droin's 2013 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is wonderfully complete. Petrol, smoke, apricot pit and wild flowers are some of the many flavors that shape the 2013. Inward yet strong and full of energy, the 2013 is a bit reticent today, but it appears to be holding so much in reserve. Slightly oily, viscous notes suggest a hint of botrytis. It will be interesting to see how the Montée de Tonnerre develops over the next year. (AG)  (8/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre has a strict and linear bouquet with a light marine influence - oyster beds and cockles - that surface with aeration. The palate is quite rounded on the entry, thus betraying the vintage, a little viscosity but certainly more spiciness than the Valorent, almost Les Preuses-like on the finish. This is a very fine Montée de Tonnerre from Benoît Droin. Superb. (NM)  (8/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale bright yellow. Musky oyster shell, peach, citrus peel and spicy oak on the inviting, complex nose. At once thick and bright, showing superb concentration and ripeness to its stone fruit and mineral flavors. Boasts plenty of sensual early appeal but I would not be surprised if this sappy wine closed up in the bottle. (ST)  (8/2015)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is almost as elegant as the Vaulorent with its airy and very fresh nose of white orchard fruit, dried flowers and abundant notes of mineral reduction where yet again there is enough SO2 present to warrant 20+ minutes of air first. In the same vein the mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is both stylish and classy with plenty of minerality present on the smoky, rich and impressively persistent finish that doesn't quite have the depth it normally displays. To be sure, this is lovely but it usually delivers more overall complexity.  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Ripe citrus, as with the straight Chablis, but more mineral. Intense blend of mineral and fruit, in harmony though still very primary. Tight, lively and long. (JH)  (1/2015)

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