Jean-Paul Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
Jean-Paul Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2012 Front Label

Jean-Paul Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2012

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A very subtle wine which finally could be called "Montee de Tonnerre of the Grands Crus". Very mineral with an unique finesse, always developing with hints of vanilla. In general, this is more dry and more structured than the other wines. A Grand Cru which could age over 10 years or more.

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Along with energy and brightness, the Droin 2012 Chablis Les Clos – tasted soon after its assembly in tank – is suffused with chalk and crushed stone. Yet – as its author pointed out while tasting the corresponding Blanchots – here the enveloping and creamy aspects are missing, even though the two wines were given virtually identical upbringings. Succulent suggestions of quince and Persian melon lend an unexpected abundance of ripe fruit flavors for a wine that is, both by tradition and in point of fact, strikingly mineral in orientation. But chalk, iodine, fusil oils and brine are by no means in short supply, and scents of iris and gentian add allure. Long, dynamic and focused in finish, this ought to richly reward attention through at least 2022.
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Father Jean–Paul and son Benoît Droin can trace their family roots as vineyard owners back to the early 17th century. Through succeeding generations they have managed to acquire a little over 26 hectares of vineyards with extensive holdings in Premier and Grand Cru sites. Their best sites and oldest wines are still harvested by hand while many of their neighbors have replaced their old vines so they could machine harvest. In 1999 Benoît began plowing his vineyard to help revitalize the microbial life in the soils and at the same time he also began to prune his vines differently to decrease yields and reduce the disease pressures in this famously inclement appellation. Harvest are conducted early – just as the grapes reach ripeness so as to preserve the natural acidity in the final wines. The new cellar, built on the edge of the sleepy village of Chablis in 1999, see a mix of modern and traditional winemaking techniques where both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels are used to make the wines. Fermentations are conducted, after a gentle pneumatic pressing, in stainless steel tanks by natural yeasts. Most of the barrels are used with only small percentages of new barrels introduced each year, primarily for the Grand Cru wines.
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The source of the most racy, light and tactile, yet uniquely complex Chardonnay, Chablis, while considered part of Burgundy, actually reaches far past the most northern stretch of the Côte d’Or proper. Its vineyards cover hillsides surrounding the small village of Chablis about 100 miles north of Dijon, making it actually closer to Champagne than to Burgundy. Champagne and Chablis have a unique soil type in common called Kimmeridgian, which isn’t found anywhere else in the world except southern England. A 180 million year-old geologic formation of decomposed clay and limestone, containing tiny fossilized oyster shells, spans from the Dorset village of Kimmeridge in southern England all the way down through Champagne, and to the soils of Chablis. This soil type produces wines full of structure, austerity, minerality, salinity and finesse.

Chablis Grands Crus vineyards are all located at ideal elevations and exposition on the acclaimed Kimmeridgian soil, an ancient clay-limestone soil that lends intensity and finesse to its wines. The vineyards outside of Grands Crus are Premiers Crus, and outlying from those is Petit Chablis. Chablis Grand Cru, as well as most Premier Cru Chablis, can age for many years.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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