2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis-Blanchot Grand Cru
Notes of wild flowers and mandarin with a tense, focused texture and mineral finish. Elegant and amazingly pure. (GB)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
It would be all but impossible to mistake this for anything other than Chablis with its array of classic elements that include oyster shell, iodine, tidal pool and citrus nuances. There is impressive richness for the terroir with its full-bodied mid-palate and sappy mouth coating finale that seems to be built on a base of firm minerality. I very much like this impeccably well-balanced effort.
Pale yellow-green. Very pure aromas of flowers, lime, chalk and spices (Droin notes that his parcel at the top of this grand cru has very chalky, powdery, white soil like that of Champagne). Not a powerful or weighty style but very pure and taut, conveying intense flavors of lime, crushed rock and crushed herbs. Finishes long and subtle, with a pungent whiplash of chalk. This will need time. (ST)
Riper fruited than the Vaillons Premier Cru just tasted. In fact it tastes almost as if there is some sweetness here, counteracted by high acidity, but I assume this is just ripeness. Very intense and quite long. Rather sweet/sour at the moment and needing time to integrate. (JH)