2016 Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Grand Chablis "Vaudesir"

SKU #1354021 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, matured in 35% used barrel, has a very composed bouquet with scents of yellow plum, citrus peel, flint and smoke that seem to gain intensity in the glass. This is a very "involving" bouquet that you just want to keep inhaling. The palate is taut on the entry, sporting a fine line of acidity. It is slightly resinous in style with notes of dried honey, white pepper, fennel and a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. There is a lot going on in this multifaceted Vaudésir, a Chablis that is riveting even at this early juncture.(NM)  (8/2017)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of mineral reduction, white peach, spicy and enough Chablis typicity combine to create a very appealing nose. The sleek, intense and overtly mineral-driven middle weight plus flavors possess plenty of sappy dry extract that buffers the moderately firm core of lemony acidity on the dry finish. This is really quite good and like many of these 2016s should drink well young but age for well or the medium-term too.  (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 (began in 40% oak): Light yellow. Riper and spicier on the nose than the Blanchots, offering aromas of pineapple and lemon. Thicker than the Blanchots, showing very good citrussy energy but not quite the definition or finesse of the Blanchots. This is typically a warmer and more powerful wine, says Droin, and that's the case here. Shows a lemon tart quality in the middle palate and finishes with a lightly phenolic character. This will need more élevage as well as bottle aging to show more complexity and distinction.(ST)  (8/2017)

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