2013 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Jean Paul Droin



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Average critic rating : 92.0 points

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The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre has a strict and linear bouquet with a light marine influence - oyster beds and cockles - that surface with aeration. The palate is quite rounded on the entry, thus betraying the vintage, a little viscosity but certainly more spiciness than the Valorent, almost Les Preuses-like on the finish. This is a very fine Montée de Tonnerre from Benoît Droin. Superb. ||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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