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."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons has a reticent nose, tightly wound and lacking the fruit intensity that I was expecting. The palate is much better with saline notes threaded from start to finish. This is lively and tense, but it needs the aromatics to wake up! Drink 2015-2020. "
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."
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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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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.