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2012 Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1147942 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Chablis Vaillons wraps around the palate with juicy peach and apricot notes. A wine of texture, depth and creaminess, the 2012 shows off a decidedly caressing, voluptuous personality nicely supported by insistent veins of minerality. Even though it was bottled one month prior to this tasting, the 2012 is showing very well today. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark (from 6 different climats that saw 15% of new and one year old wood). This is very different from the Vaucoupin with its spicy and intensely floral nose that is somewhat less elegant but almost as complex. There is good volume to the very generous, round and supple middle weight flavors that tighten up on the delicious and lingering finish. There is plenty of dry extract that imparts a rather suave texture and could enable this to be drunk early on if your taste runs to young Chablis. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Bottled just the week before I tasted it, Droin’s 2012 Chablis Vaillons issues from numerous parcels representing all five applicable lieux-dits of Vaillons. Fresh lime and apple saturated with chalk make for a rather brittle though refreshing performance likely a bit handicapped by the effects of its recent bottling. A radish-like bite enhances invigoration in a finish that satisfies with its generous primary juiciness while leaving undeniable chalk and stone traces. I suspect this will be well worth revisiting through 2016, if not beyond. 89+. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, pale yellow. Spicy aromas of lemon and ginger; definite suggestion of some new oak here. Then sweet and juicy in the mouth, with good tension and a faint bitter edge to the yellow fruit and metallic flavors. A bit clenched following the recent bottling, this vibrant wine will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. 89(+?) points Inner quote mark (8/2013)


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