2011 Chablis Blanchots Jean Paul Droin



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£375.00

Average critic rating : 91.75 points

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A wonderfully refined and pure nose offers up an intense floral character that is liberally laced with mineral reduction and iodine notes. There is an equally intense stoniness to the beautifully well-delineated medium weight flavors that display really lovely underlying tension on the vibrant, long, very dry and well-balanced finish. In 2011 Droin's Blanchots is a wine of finesse and refinement. Tasted: Sep 10, 2012. Drink: 2016+

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The 2011 Chablis Blanchots is the only grand cru that sees no oak, but the fruit still tends toward the richer side of things within the context of Chablis. Nectarine, peaches, flowers and spices flesh out in this relatively open, supple wine. Today, the Blanchots comes across as easygoing. It should be delicious and approachable upon release. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. ||Once again, my tasting with Benoit Droin was one of the highlights of my trip to Chablis.Vintage 2011 was characterized by an early, easy and even flowering, which resulted in a generous crop. August rains bloated the grapes, which turned out to be a bit of an issue, as the harvest was several weeks earlier than normal. Droin began bringing in his 2011s on August 31st, three full weeks earlier than 2010. Droin describes 2011 as having lower acidity than 2010 and being better than 2005, 2006 and 2009 in a style that sits in between 2003 and 2007, if that makes sense. Droin’s 2011 are quite strong across the board, even if they lack the visceral thrill of the very best years. Personally, I prefer the 2010s, which I loved the minute I first tasted them from tank last year. The wines have a combination of fruit and acidity that is striking. Droin doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention in the press, but in my opinion, this is one of the very finest producers in Chablis. I have also had great luck with older bottles, as these are typically wines that age beautifully. eRobertParker.com.August, 2012

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