Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin: 400 years of classic Chablis
Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin
400 years of classic Chablis
Chablis is one of Neal Martin's favourite regions to visit and the wines are some of Wine Cellar's favourites to drink. This region produces some of the purest Chardonnay in the world. The harsh, marginal climate results in wines of great freshness and minerality. While they are the perfect aperitif for the summer holidays, they also age exceptionally well – some Grand Crus last for several decades.
'If you like the steelier, more austere style, go for Burgfest multiple 'gold medalists' Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin,' writes Neal Martin in his 2020 Chablis report. That is exactly what we did!
The Droins have been tending vines and making wines in Chablis for more than 400 years. Benoît Droin is a 14th generation vigneron and one of the most dynamic winemakers and consistent growers in the region. The 2020s have 'enormous potential' as per Vinous and Benoit himself. Their 2020 Chablis is characterful and classically styled, salty and focused.
It is not easy to compare 2020 to any other vintage in Chablis. It shows similarities to the classic vintages of 2014 and 2017. Neal Martin wrote that their 2020 Valmur Grand Cru might surpass anything produced in the past couple of years and loved the brightness of the 2020 Vaudésir Grand Cru vineyard, calling it 'exceptional'.