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2017 Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Grand Cru Chablis "Valmur"

SKU #1435406 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Droin's 2017 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru is going to need time to fully emerge. The richness and oiliness that are typical of this site are present and yet hidden behind a veil of structure. What I find most captivating about the 2017 is the interplay of explosive energy and elegance. This is an especially refined expression of Valmur. Readers who can find it will be thrilled. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A more rich and opulent cru, which is bathed in a lot of concentrated ripe peach aromas and flavors. Mangoes, too. Very attractive, fruit-driven with sorbet-like, melding bob acidity and sweet fruit richness. A very expressive, uplifting and energetic cuvée. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Again the wood influence is subtle but by no means imperceptible though it doesn't fight with the citrus, ocean breeze and mineral reduction scents. The broad-shouldered, dense and muscular flavors possess excellent richness if not nearly the same refinement while flashing fine power and punch on the solidly concentrated if ever-so-mildly warm finale. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur exhibits notes of green apple, iodine and mandarin oil, subtly framed by recently used oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, stony and concentrated but quite structurally giving and open-knit, nodding to Grenouilles in style rather than the dense and blocky stereotypical Valmur. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

K&L Notes

93-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "40% barrel. A touch more colour with a hotter, oakier, more volatile nose. Then an explosion of rich sunny fruit from the south-facing slope of Valmur. Whilst there is a huge bundle of fruit we will have to wait for any finesse. The Bâtard-Montrachet of Chablis? Less on the minerals, more on the power. Adapt your food matching accordingly." (01/2019)

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