2013 Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent"
*Cellar Selection* This is a very precise wine, steely and mineral. It has a smoky, flinty character that fits the image of an age-worthy Chablis. Under this texture lies the potential of delicious fruitiness, fresh and packed with sliced apple and quince flavors. Drink this wine from 2018. (RV)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Subtle wood influence sets off a ripe and fresh mixture of mineral reduction, floral, algae and tidal pool scents that also display a touch of sulfur. There is excellent volume to the utterly delicious and very stylish medium weight flavors that ooze both dry extract and a fine bead of minerality on the textured and wonderfully long finish. This is refined and pure and color me impressed for a first vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Valorent, which is of course part of Fourchaume, comes from shallower soils and tends to produce saline wines. It has a very expressive bouquet, the 30% oak barrel maturation deftly integrated with flint and smoke aromas developing in the glass. The palate is slightly honeyed on the entry and that marries neatly with the underlying salinity. There is good weight, even a slight viscosity on the concentrated finish. Endowed with impressive length it should age extremely well. (NM)
Bright pale yellow. Nose dominated by mineral reduction and crushed rock; little sign of the 20% oak component. At once glyceral and dry, conveying very good inner-mouth tension to the flavors of peach oil and flowers. Nicely classic wine in the context of the year. Made from healthy 35-year-old vines. (ST)