2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis – 87 Points

The 2016 Chablis, which comes from 17 separate parcels, has a light bouquet with subtle undergrowth aromas developing with aeration. The palate is well balanced with light tannin, perhaps requiring a little more precision but with satisfying weight and a touch of salinité on the finish. Fine. 2018 – 2022  — Neal Martin

 

Premiers Crus
2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru – 91 Points

The 2016 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru, which comes from both estate and purchased fruit, has a very elegant bouquet, a little more complexity than the Vaillons, hints of nutmeg and flint emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, taut and linear with a sappy, lime-tinged finish that just needs a little more persistence. 2018 – 2027  — Neal Martin

 

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru – (91-93) Points             

The 2017 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru, which was acquired by the Drouhin family three or four years ago, has a crisp, focused, marine-tinged bouquet with hints of oyster shell infusing the green apple notes, a hint of spice emerging with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very focused, classic in style with a precise and quite persistent finish. Again, a great classic Chablis from Drouhin Vaudon. 2020 – 2032  — Neal Martin

 

2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Montmains 1er Cru – 90 Points

The 2016 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru has a little more horsepower on the nose than the Mont de Milieu, slightly richer fruit: orange pith, gingko and a touch of smoke. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, marine influenced with a fine saltiness developing towards the finish. Drink over the next 4 to 6 years. 2018 – 2027  — Neal Martin

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Montmains 1er Cru – (91-93) Points     

The 2017 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru has a pungent bouquet: scents of Conference pear, orange pith and light apple blossom scents with an undercurrent of struck flint. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, quite linear and for a Montmains, very strict and mean. If you like classic Chablis this will suit you down to the ground. 2020 – 2032  — Neal Martin

 

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Sécher 1er Cru – (88-90) Points

The 2017 Chablis Séchers 1er Cru has a fragrant bouquet with hints of white flower, peony, green apple and pear. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite saline in the mouth with a sappy, mouth-watering finish. It just lags a little behind the Vaillons. 2020 – 2027  — Neal Martin

 

2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru – 89 Points

The 2016 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru offers attractive linden, orange pith and light yellow flower aromas that would benefit from a little more intensity. The palate is well balanced with a slightly oily texture, more exotic in style than other vintages yet retaining decent balance, the finish demonstrating a dab of ginger. Fine. 2018 – 2024  — Neal Martin

 

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru – (90-92) Points

The 2017 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a very intense bouquet, très Vaillons with yellow flowers, so fragrant and seductive. The palate is tensile, taut and linear, very energetic and you can feel that tension coming through on the vivacious finish. Excellent. 2020 – 2028  — Neal Martin

 

Grands Crus
2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru – 91 Points

The 2016 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru, the smallest of Drouhin Vaudon’s Crus at 0.4-ha, is more straightforward than the Vaudésir, and a little introspective at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied and perhaps the richest of the domaine’s 2016s, and as such, it does not quite deliver the same level of precision as either the other two Grand Crus. 2018 – 2030  — Neal Martin

 

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru – (92-94)  Points     

The 2017 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru has a more expressive bouquet than the Vaudésir at the moment with vivacious lemon zest, Granny Smith apple and blackcurrant leaf scents that soar from the glass. The palate is well balanced and slightly viscous in style. Scents of cooking apple, resin, dried honey and dried quince, with a feisty and very persistent finish. Excellent. 2020 – 2035  — Neal Martin

 

2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru – 92 Points

The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a relatively opulent bouquet, quite powerful with yellow plum and honeysuckle aromas, just a hint of fish oil in the background (actually a tincture that I love). The palate is well balanced with a precise, stem ginger-tinged entry, very good depth in the mouth with a persistent, light spiced finish not unlike Les Preuses in style. Excellent. 2018 – 2032  — Neal Martin

 

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru – (91-93)  Points      

The 2017 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a refined and harmonious bouquet with light peach skin and pressed white flower aromas, the mineral scents emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, nicely focused with a touch of white pepper enlivening the finish. Very fine. 2020 – 2035  — Neal Martin

 

2016 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru – 92 Points              

The 2016 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet with fresh citrus fruit, orange zest, yellow flowers and a touch of flint. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very harmonious with an effervescent, precise and quite energetic, vivacious finish, a hint of Szechuan pepper tingling on the aftertaste. Excellent. 2018 – 2030  — Neal Martin

2017 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru – (92-94)  Points    

The 2017 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru is much more primal on the nose than the Premier Crus at the moment, just a little smudged, although that will gain clarity buy the time it is in bottle. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, saline and lightly spiced with touches of orange zest and marmalade, a little nutmeg, that defines that peacock’s tail finish. Very fine, but it will need three or four years in bottle. 2020 – 2032  — Neal Martin

Vinous, Domaine Drouhin Vaudon 2016-2017, Neal Martin, Août 2018

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