Benoît Droin is one of the most respected winemakers in Chablis. This is the entry point to his range; it highlights the potential of “lesser” wines from top producers. It’s from two parcels, both on Portlandian limestone on the plateau above the Grands Crus. Balanced approach pest control. Soils maintained via regular ploughing. The soils are generally shallow. The sub-soil alternates between grey marl and bands of limestone sometimes very rich in “exogyra virgula” fossils – small, comma-shaped oysters characteristic of the marls from the Upper and Middle Kimmeridgian periods. Winemaking is entirely in steel, preserving the crystalline fruit and bright purity. The 2019 vintage adds a little more ripeness to the fruit on the nose, bringing aromas of white melon and hazelnut. The palate is generous on entry, with cleansing acidity and a gently smoky, mineral finish. This is excellent value and will outdo many “grander” wines. Pair it with aperitif, grilled seafood, baked white fish or Oysters
Jean-Paul Droin Chablis
Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines
|Colour||Vibrant mid yellow|
|Nose||Citrus aromas, notes of fresh herbs and mineral touches|
|Palate||Reveals good volume, a bright acidity and a slightly spicy and persistent finish|
|Grape Variety||100% Chardonnay|
|Style||Full Bodied Aromatic Burgundy White|
|Vinification||Pneumatic pressing. Natural enzymatic settling for 12 to 24 hours at around 15°C then fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats.
Systematic malolactic fermentation followed by assemblage after 8 to 10 months. Fining if necessary, light filtration and bottling.
|Cellaring/Ageing Potential||Drink now to 2024|