Joseph Drouhin Chablis 1er cru Vaillons 2008, Chablis, France.

Appearance: Light gold colour with a pale rim (think bright meyer lemons).

Nose: Strong mineral notes with a very subtle oak (surprising really – wasn’t expecting it) and honeyed aroma.

Palate/ Flavour: Crisp, refreshing (high) acidity. Flinty, lemony and citrusy. Medium (+) finish with streaks of chalk.

Comments: Had this with some lovely crottin de chavignol (I was so happy to find it in Saigon), belle des champs, reblochon, heirloom tomatoes and dark rye bread. I later discovered that Drouhin actually aged this Chablis in old wood barrels for 12 months (0% new wood). I thought this wasn’t as good as their Chablis AOC (same vintage) from Vaudon though.


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