Wine Geek Recommended
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Often characterized as one of the most approachable Chablis Premier Crus in its youth, Vaillons shares a similar geological profile to the nearby famed Les Clos Grand Cru vineyard. Droin's impressive rendition balances fresh fruit tones and penetrating minerality. This wine screams out to be paired with shell fish or sipped on the porch on hot summer evening.
The Droin family is amongst the oldest in Chablis, its members having been wine growers for nearly five centuries. It is principally made up of vineyards acquired over the centuries by 13 generations of wine growers who have never left their native soil. This explains the typically Burgundian divisions of the land.
The great wines of Burgundy are uniquely complex, compelling and at times memorizing. Above all they are evocative, transformative but like all creatures, temperamental and anything but dependable. Two grapes dominate this agricultural masterpiece, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both grapes achieve their greatest elegance when planted in cooler climates, to which Burgundy is the coolest and most Northern climate of all the major regions famous for red wines. When winemakers talk about Burgundy, they generally speak of terroir, the compilation of the vineyard's soil, slope, orientation, nuance of climate, etc. This concept of terroir is what makes wines produced from grapes even in the same village or vineyard strikingly different. Burgundy is a place of legend, awe and adventure, a place that wine lovers call home.