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Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin

Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille Bottle
Appellation
Chablis Grand Cru
Variety
Chardonnay
Age of Vines
60
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Kimmeridgian clay limestone
Altitude
130 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, pneumatic pressing, 3-4 hour prefermentation settling, natural yeast fermentation in tank and French oak barrels
Aging
10 months in tank (50%) and French oak barrels (50% – 20% of barrels new)

Overview

On the opposite side of the spectrum from the evocatively named Vaudesir is Grenouille, or “frog”. Rumor has it that the name comes from the songs of frogs that can be heard in the vineyard due to its proximity to the Yvonne river. At the base of the natural amphitheater that is the setting for the Grand Crus of Chablis some claim that this site produces delicate and refined wines while others are much, much less generous in their praise or as the case may be, opprobrium. Regardless of your opinion, its relatively modest size (just shy of 0.5 hectares are owned by the Droin family) , resultant scarcity and intriguing name make it enormously sough after. Domaine Droin has some of their oldest vines, nigh on 60 years old, planted here. This is always the most accessible of the Grand Crus at this address – round, yet in the words of Benoît, “gourmand.”

Ratings & Reviews

92

2018 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: VM

95

2017 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: VM

93

2017 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: WA

94

2016 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: VM

93

2015 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: WA

91+

2015 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille

Source: VM

Chablis, France
  • Location
    Chablis, France
  • Appellation
    Chablis Grand Cru
  • Proprietor
    Famille Droin
  • Winemaker
    Benoit Droin
  • Size / Elevation
    26 hectares / 100–250 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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