Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2008 Front Label
Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2008 Front Label

Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2008

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker 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.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
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.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
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.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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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 site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.

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A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. While the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here—soil type, elevation and angle of each slope—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one or two rows of vines. This system has led to the predominance of the "negociant"—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

Burgundy’s cool, continental climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. In some years spring frost and hail must be overcome.

The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red and white are produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. The Mâconnais produces soft and round, value-driven Chardonnay while Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy, is a paradise for any lover of bright, acid-driven and often age-worthy versions of the grape.

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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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