2013 Chablis Les Clos Jean Paul Droin

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos needs more encouragement from the glass than Droin's other grand cru 13s. It eventually reveals citrus lemon, hazelnut and flint aromas, although they don't quite possess the charm of the Valmur (for example.) The palate is well balanced with good weight and concentration, slightly honeyed with a dash of spice on the finish. Very fine, although my pick would be either the Valmur or the Vaudésir this year.||Benoît Droin oversaw a strong set of 2013s that were some of the best that I tasted during my time in Chablis. "There was some millerandage because of the wind in June during flowering," he explained as we tasted down in his cellar. "This actually led to more concentration. The grapes were still very small in early September and they stayed small during that month. The harvest was before the rot. For me it is a classic vintage with good acidity. You can drink now but they will age 10 to 15 years. It's not too acid, too round. If you compare with 2010 or 2012 they are more fresh, but they are more difficult to taste young. I started on September 26 and finished October 6, mostly by machine. The Fourchcaume was already 13 degrees natural alcohol, so should I wait? You need the Chardonnay at the start of maturation, not at maturation itself. That's why I always start early." eRobertParker.com.August, 2015


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