2013 Chablis Vaillons Jean Paul Droin

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is raised in 20% to 25%, mainly used oak. It has an attractive nose, the wood element nicely integrated – almond and coconut scents gently lifting the citric fruit. The palate is smooth and rounded on the entry, touches of dried honey and a dash of spice merging into more citrus notes toward the feminine finish. I can see this being a real punter-friendly Chablis. ||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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