2008 Joseph Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru

Year: 2008
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 93
Burghound: 92-95
Wine Enthusiast: 94
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"A tantalizing mix of lemon, oyster shell, white peach and vanilla flavors, but underneath it all there's a mineral component. Tightens up on the finish, so give this a few years to integrate and blossom. Fine length. Best from 2012 through 2023. 77 cases imported." (WS)

"Drouhin Vaudon’s 2008 Chablis Les Clos is (for its site) surprisingly decadent in aromas, evincing faded lily, quince, ripe peach and Persian melon, all of which follow on a luscious, succulent palate, suffused with recognizable site-typical chalk. This rather broad, impressively-concentrated, but in no way heavy Les Clos should drink well sooner than most 2008s from the site, but may well merit following for half a dozen or more years.

The Chablis of Domaine Drouhin are now labeled “Drouhin Vaudon” (and with an attractive new design), reflecting the long-standing collective name for these properties, from the Moulin de Vaudon that Robert Drouhin’s purchased in the 1960s, along with extensive Chablis acreage, in what at the time could only have been called an act of faith – or foolishness. Unfortunately, due to press of time, I missed out on tasting a couple of the premier crus in this 2008 collection." (WA)

"($80) Pale color. Ethereal, high-pitched aromas of ginger, lavender and white pepper. Supple and fine-grained, with very intense but weightless flavors of iodine and ginger; tactile and saline on the back half. The bracing, perfumed, rising finish is almost painful today. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., New York NY)" (IWC)

"An elegant, pure and quite stylish nose combines notes of dried rose petal, oyster shell and sea weed, all of which also add nuance to the equally pure middle weight flavors brimming with an almost pungent minerality and a saline character, all wrapped in an explosive, linear and bone dry finish." (BH)

Winery Notes:
"A great wine, perhaps the one most able to express what the terroir of Chablis really is like. The colour is pale gold yellow, with greenish hints. Refined nose, with aromas of lily ("fleur de lys"), honey or preserved lemon. Astounding depth and velvety sensation ("gras") on the palate, with some delicate marine nuances. Intense and long aftertaste. After 5 or 6 years, even more complex and subtle aromas develop in the wine. A wine of incomparable finesse".