2011 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1114681 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Something struck me when I tasted Droin’s 2011 Chablis Les Clos. In many ways, Clos encapsulates elements of all the top neighboring sites while retaining an elusive personality that is hard, if not virtually impossible, to peg down. Constantly changing in the class, the 2011 Clos seduces the palate and intellect with endless layers of salt, crushed rocks, apricots, nectarines and ash. The finish is long, intense and utterly impeccable. This is a hugely promising 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2015+. Once again, my tasting with Benoit Droin was one of the highlights of my trip to Chablis.Vintage 2011 was characterized by an early, easy and even flowering, which resulted in a generous crop... Droin doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention in the press, but in my opinion, this is one of the very finest producers in Chablis. I have also had great luck with older bottles, as these are typically wines that age beautifully.  (8/ 2012)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (50% wood, approximately one-third of which was new). A ripe but still relatively classic nose is composed of smoky mineral reduction, acacia blossom and soft citrus nuances and the citrus character is also reflected by the large-scaled and overtly powerful flavors. There is an intense stoniness to the exceptionally clean, crisp and bone dry finish that delivers outstanding length. This is perhaps the closest to an old school Chablis as there is in the range and I particularly like the oyster shell nuances.  (9/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (50% oak): Yellow-green. Pungent, complex aromas of grapefruit zest, ginger, silex and quinine; resembles the Montee de Tonnerre in its smoky minerality. Large-scaled, ripe and aromatic, with highly nuanced, saline flavors of peppery minerality, herbs and clove. This very young wine finishes with a slightly bitter edge but boasts firm structure and lovely lingering perfume. Very promising.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Since the year 1620, fourteen generations of the Droin family have passed their winemaking tradition on to the next. Since 1999, all vinification has taken place at a modern wine facility built below the Grand Cru vineyards in Chablis, where they hold more than 4 hectares of vines. Grape clusers are handled very gently before pressing and the wine is matured in vats and neutral oak before bottling almost exactly one year after harvest.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13