Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2008

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France

Item No. 106389
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE93
  • WS92
  • ST91
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

As a wine, Vaudésir has a lovely, limpid, slightly green-golden hue. The aromas are often reminiscent of coriander and fern, with a somewhat lemony scent. Round on the palate, it has a long, complex finish. This is a wine to keep: its aging potential is quite good.

Critical Acclaim

"If, at first sip, this seems delicate, that's an illusion. Reticent would be a better work, for this is a wine that is still youthful, with the toast and crisp acidity acting as a framework to the rich green and white fruits that are developing. Keep for 4-5 years."
93 Points

"Really silky and seductive, with just a hint of vanilla accenting the peach, apple and lemon flavors. The mineral element is submerged right now, appearing on the finish, where there's terrific harmony and subtlety. Best from 2011 through 2023. 65 cases imported. "
92 Points

"Complex aromas of apple, citrus peel, fresh herbs, quinine and ginger. Concentrated, dense and ripe, with noteworthy volume and vibrant flavors of flowers and spices. Finishes with very good length. The Drouhins were still stirring the lees at the beginning of June. Range: 89-91"
91 Points

"If the broad richness of this wine captures your attention, the scents of candied ginger and the honeyed apple flavors, you may be blindsided by the malic acidity that races up in the finish. At one moment, the wine seems elegant and supple, only to turn steely and unrelenting the next. Its disparate elements should integrate with age."
91 Points

"The Drouhins' 2008 Chablis Vaudesir smells alluringly of heliotrope and iris, peppermint and lemon. An alternation of cooling and refreshing elements of herb and citrus with notes from barrel and inner-mouth floral perfume make for a fascinating display. Huckleberry, citrus pip, zest, salt, and chalk piquantly and invigoratingly extend the finish. This is one of those grand crus of its vintage to display rather premier cru-like lift and sheer refreshment. I wouldn't be surprised to see it gain in stature over the next several years, and it ought to be worth following for at least half a dozen."
90 Points

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Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance. A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on...

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The region of Burgundy is the fairytale land of vines. There are stories of kings, conquerors and commoners recounting the seductive effects of a Burgundian wine. Even now, many wine aficionados and lovers will pinpoint their most memorable wine moment at that first taste of an aged Burgundy. Much of this can be related to the terroir of Burgundy. Centuries of winemaking have...

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