Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

The domaine’s extensive premier and grand cru holdings span the entire range of the Chablis stylistic repertory. From mineral La Montée de Tonnerre, Vaudésir and Les Clos to fruitier and softer-textured Vaillons, La Fourchaume and Valmur, with Montmains somewhere in between adding citrus and floral notes, site specific nuances of flavour (and Chablis is all about nuances) are accurately translated into bottle. Outstanding cellarwork here concentrates on using oak sensitively to enhance rather than obscure appellation character: fermentation is carried out variably in oak or stainless steel, and the length and type of barrel ageing programme are adjusted to each wine.

Benoît Droin is now widely recognised as one of Chablis’ top winemakers, receiving plaudits from all the smart commentators. His range of wines offers purity, length and transparency of terroir and also great value for money in view of the very high quality. This is a domaine where one can drink the wines relatively young, though some of the premiers crus and the grands crus inevitably impose a certain amount of cellarage.

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Chablis, Burgundy

  • Total holdings

    13ha

  • Winemaker

    Benoît Droin

  • Established

    1620

  • Cultivation

    Traditional farming

  • Website

    www.jeanpaul-droin.fr

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Chablis Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 9ha
Chablis 1er cru Vaillons Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 4.50ha
Chablis 1er cru Vaucoupin Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 0.17ha
Chablis 1er cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 1.70ha
Chablis 1er cru Mont de Milieu Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 0.92ha
Chablis 1er cru Vaulorent Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian -
Chablis grand cru Valmur Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 1.04ha
Chablis grand cru Vaudésir Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 1.02ha
Chablis grand cru Grenouilles Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 0.50ha
Chablis grand cru Clos Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 1.40ha

Viticulture / Vinification

White wines

  • Indigenous yeasts for fermentations
  • Élevage in stainless steel and oak for some cuvées:
  • No oak for Chablis & 1er cru Vaucoupin
  • 20% used oak for 1er cru Vaulorent
  • 25% used oak for 1er cru Vaillons
  • 30% used oak for 1er cru Montée de Tonnerre
  • 40% used oak for 1er cru Montmains
  • 35-40% used oak for grands crus Vaudesir & Valmur
  • 50% used oak for grands crus Grenouilles & Les Clos
  • No bâtonnage