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Taking advantage of its southerly exposure, Mont de Mileu can produce richer styles of Chablis often associated with that of Grand Cru wines. Here is an overt bouquet, expressing aromas of red apple skin, white peach & orange blossom. The palate is generously textured with a wealth of stone fruit, red apples and flicks of sweet oak. A lovely taught acidity underpins this to provide balance and retains freshness leading to a mouth-watering finish. Chris Lamb, Private Account Manager The Pinson family can trace their history in Chablis back to 1640, there is even a Rue Pinson in the town so named because three Pinson brothers lived in identical houses in the street. Louis Pinson sold his first bottles in 1880 but the domaine is now in the hands of his Great Grand-Daughter alongside her Father and Uncle. Highly regarded and meticulously managed, everything is hand-harvested and the grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery. Fermentation is mostly in stainless steel using selected yeasts before being transferred to barrels to mature. Mont de Milieu is their largest holding but they also have vines in the 1er Crus of Forêt, Fourchaume, Montmains and Vaillon as well as the Grand Cru Les Clos.
Bottle 12 x 75cl
Benoît began harvesting on 26th September so almost everything was picked before the rain. Supply is down 30 percent because of the flowering but there was very little rot. It all passed off without problem during vinification and in the cellar.
Bottle 6 x 75cl
While Benoît Droin bemoans the reduced crop in 2010, albeit not as savage a deficit as in the Côte d’Or, he is thrilled with the quality. 2010 Chablis unites ripe flavours with excellent acidity. As usual Benoît has managed his different terroirs with masterly precision, varying the amount of oak to suit each cuvée. Therefore, there is no wood for the Grand Cru Blanchots, but 50% for Les Grenouilles. This is a domaine that lets you choose wine that suits your palate.
Benoît Droin is the 14th generation of the family producing wine in Chablis, looking after a 25-hectare domaine with an impressive range of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. Overall Benoît’s crop was down 15%, largely in straight Chablis after frost, and in the early ripening plots which suffered from drought. The wines are very backward this year as the prolonged cold spring inhibited the malolactic fermentation. However, it is very clear that these are wines of great concentration and real potential.
This long-established family domaine impresses us more and more with every vintage. The Pinsons have always picked by hand and they are now using natural yeasts for the vinification process. Most wines are vinified in stainless steel, with a small percentage in barrel for the top wines, then matured in barrel for up to a year. The only bad news in 2012 is the quantity: 20% down for straight Chablis, 25-30% less across the Premier Cru vineyards and minus 50% on the Grand Cru which was affected by frost.