2013 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"

SKU #1269300 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine has weight, richness and an intense texture and structure that brings tannins and a firm background to the generous yellow fruits, ripe apples and crisp green plums. The wine is still very young, needing several years. (RV)  (10/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chablis Vaudesir jumps from the glass with bright citrus, almonds, white flowers, mint, slate and crushed rocks. A wine of substantial energy and tension, the Vaudesir captures so much of what makes Chablis so compelling. Soft, gently spiced notes from the partial vinification in oak (35%) wrap around the striking, nuanced finish. (AG)  (8/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir sees around 35% oak contact. It has a subtle, elegant bouquet with yellow flowers and lychee infusing the citrus fruit, hints of candied orange peel developing with further aeration. The palate has a pleasant reductive note on the entry. There is superb weight here and extremely well-judged acidity that lends this tension from start to finish. Full of energy while upholding that feminine allure, this is a lovely Vaudésir to enjoy over the next 15 years or more. (NM)  (8/2015)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also beautifully elegant and pure with a solidly complex nose that features a hint of exotic fruit on the smoky notes of lemon, tidal pool, dried flowers and an interesting roasted nut character. The seductively textured yet focused, powerful and vibrant broad-shouldered flavors exude a fine minerality on the dry, clean, crisp and impeccably well-balanced finish. At present the nose displays more depth than the finish, though that may change with age and my score offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard.  (10/2015)

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