2016 Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 1er Cru Chablis "Vosgros" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1328333 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Firm reduction and sulfur aromas render this difficult to evaluate as well. The punchy, tighter and more powerful flavors possess solid mid-palate concentration thanks to the abundance of sappy dry extract, all wrapped in rich and saline-inflected finale. This mildly rustic effort should repay a few years of cellaring.  (10/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Vosgros, which is aged solely in stainless steel, has a fresh, linear, Granny Smith apple and wet limestone-scented bouquet. The palate is crisp on the entry with just a hint of blackcurrant leaf, building in the mouth toward a pleasantly saline finish. Linear and taut, this Zen-like Vosgros should drink well for several years.(NM)  (8/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 (just racked and sulfited after a late malolactic fermentation): Pale yellow-green color. High-pitched aromas of lemon, lime and powdered stone. Juicy, firmly built and nicely delineated, with an impression of lemony acidity giving the wine penetration and cut. Not better today than the village wine but then this wine seems a bit hardened by the recent sulfur addition and finishes with some dryness.(ST)  (8/2017)

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