2017 Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Grand Cru Chablis "Valmur"

SKU #1435406 95 points James Suckling

 A more rich and opulent cru, which is bathed in a lot of concentrated ripe peach aromas and flavors. Mangoes, too. Very attractive, fruit-driven with sorbet-like, melding bob acidity and sweet fruit richness. A very expressive, uplifting and energetic cuvée.  (7/2018)

92-95 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru was more reduced and backward than its peers when I tasted it at the winery. The richness and sensuality of the wine is represented in the mouth, rounded in texture with hints of acacia honey and stem ginger, perhaps just needing a little more precision on the finish. Good potential but this might need longer in bottle than its siblings. (NM)  (8/2018)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Again the wood influence is subtle but by no means imperceptible though it doesn't fight with the citrus, ocean breeze and mineral reduction scents. The broad-shouldered, dense and muscular flavors possess excellent richness if not nearly the same refinement while flashing fine power and punch on the solidly concentrated if ever-so-mildly warm finale.  (10/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur exhibits notes of green apple, iodine and mandarin oil, subtly framed by recently used oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, stony and concentrated but quite structurally giving and open-knit, nodding to Grenouilles in style rather than the dense and blocky stereotypical Valmur. (WK)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

93-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "40% barrel. A touch more colour with a hotter, oakier, more volatile nose. Then an explosion of rich sunny fruit from the south-facing slope of Valmur. Whilst there is a huge bundle of fruit we will have to wait for any finesse. The Bâtard-Montrachet of Chablis? Less on the minerals, more on the power. Adapt your food matching accordingly." (01/2019)

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- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.