Droin Chablis

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Kevin Courtney, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. I have been enjoying the Droin Chablis, which has a certain vibrancy and excitement about it, and thought I would step up to the Montee de Tonnerre for some extra intensity, but to be honest I have found it a little disappointing; somewhat bland and flat. Has anyone tried the Montee? Bottle variation? The hot vintage? Needs time? Any thoughts?
  2. I'm not sure that Benoit excels in warmer, higher volume vintages, Kevin - like 2018 vs his great 2017s. But there shouldn't be too much bottle variation - he has decent volumes and all the bottles are identically DIAM sealed
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  3. I haven't tried any others but I have also been impressed with the Chablis '18 - plenty fresh there.
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  4. Yes, I enjoyed the Chablis, but the Premier Cru didn't seem to be a step up at all. I will probably leave it for few years and hope for the best.
  5. Love Droin Chablis - my favourite producer (or at least, my favourte that I can actually afford).
    I generally find them more chiseled than others. I had a range of the Montee de Tonerre recently. (2010 thru 2015 I believe) and found them all as expected. As Bill says, those Diam corks are a winner for me. Never had a poor bottle from them.
  6. Big fan of Droin here too. I think the MT is excellent and has been a good step up in intensity/vibrancy from the village wine for me in past vintages so maybe a vintage specific issue or bottle variation Kevin. Had a lovely case of 2010, currently working through 2013. I recently had my first bottle of 2014 MT and it was outstanding.
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  7. Another fan of Droin here as well... Experience is limited to the village 2017. I too have pondered buying 1er crus, however they are significantly more expensive and perhaps garner one possibly two more critic points. I would love to try a 1er cru but from a VFM point of view not sure if they justify the extra ££££s over the village.
  8. I have some sympathy with that Graham, I think the Premier Cru and Grand Cru pricing has jumped a lot for Droin in the last 2-3 years. The reason I originally bought Droin premier and grand cru was because they were such good value versus Cote de Beaune, and the price differential was minimal between levels so I could try up and down the hierarchy. For example I bought 2014 MT for 17.50ib per bottle which I consider excellent value for what I got (Les Clos was also about £30 which given the vintage reputation is now great value in retrospect). But prices are definitely a significant step above that now, although still relatively good value versus CdB
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  9. The price of most good Chablis has risen significantly in recent years. Decent 1er crus now routinely cost over £30, e.g. Droin, Michel, Duplessis.

    I like Droin’s wines but certainly at Grand Cru level I now question the value. And anyone thinking of taking a punt on older examples needs to accept the risk of POx. I had quite a few POxed examples.
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  10. Love Droin - i have the 14 Montmains and its glorious.
  11. Montmains is generally a cooler area, Chris - it made many great wines in 2018 when other terroirs became much less overtly 'Chablis' - at least young.
    Typically a bit more austere than most, in a vintage like 2014 you probably waited just about the right amount of time to start attacking!
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  12. I know it's broken record time, but, the Droin GC Valmur is less than 2/3 price in Burgundy of that in UK.
  13. Just order it from France then ;)
  14. I thought it rude not to do so, when seeing them loitering on the shelves, nearby. :eek:

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