Jean-Paul Droin Vaillons Chablis Premier Cru 2012
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Leaving first a soft and very aromatic taste in the mouth, this wine rapidly lets out fresh fruit and mineral notes. It is the Premier Cry best inclined to be consumed when still young; though can age beautifully.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "lmonds, sage, dried pears and slate are some of the many notes that grace the 2012 Chablis Vaillons. A wine of precision and tension, the Vaillons isn't ready to show all its cards yet. Instead, it is the wine's energy and tension that are most suggestive of a bright future."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, light yellow. Aromas of orange zest, lemon and white truffle. Juicy and sweet, showing an attractive sugar/acid balance to its ripe flavors of yellow peach and oyster juice. Good extract here. Finishes dense and dry, with a youthful bitterness. This has unclenched considerably since I tasted it last year right after the bottling."
The Wine Advocate - "Bottled just the week before I tasted it, Droin’s 2012 Chablis Vaillons issues from numerous parcels representing all five applicable lieux-dits of Vaillons. Fresh lime and apple saturated with chalk make for a rather brittle though refreshing performance likely a bit handicapped by the effects of its recent bottling. A radish-like bite enhances invigoration in a finish that satisfies with its generous primary juiciness while leaving undeniable chalk and stone traces. I suspect this will be well worth revisiting through 2016, if not beyond. 89+"
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Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.