In the hills and valleys around the Serein River in northern Burgundy’s Yonne department, Chablis is arguably the home of unadorned, cool-climate Chardonnay, producing wines of great freshness, longevity and beguiling minerality.

Chablis wines are made in a style rather different from those produced elsewhere in Burgundy. They are drier and fresher, rather than more weighty and richly flavoured. Most basic Chablis is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with use of oak barrels more common in higher-level wines, though used larger barrels are more likely to be employed than new barriques, and wines will spend a shorter time in them than in the Côte d’Or.

The town and its vineyards are located a considerable distance (more than 100 kilometres/60 miles) northwest of Burgundy’s main wine-producing areas from the Côte de Nuits to the Maconnais. They are in fact closer to Sancerre (Loire) and Les Riceys (southern Champagne) and the city of Paris. Consequently, Chablis has a cooler climate than the rest of Burgundy, and similar vineyard macroclimates to Champagne.

In Chablis, the absence of frost, coupled with a timely June rainfall, set the stage for a straightforward growing season in 2022.

Heatwaves punctuated the summer, but multiple rainfalls mitigated their impact. Harvest began on 25th August and everyone had picked by early September. As Benoît Droin in Chablis explained, the secret was to pick early enough to make Chablis. Picking too late, he suggested, would mean making Chardonnay.

2022 is a vintage of precision with real identity of our different terroirs. A vintage to drink, but a vintage to age too. The resulting wines, ripe with yellow fruit and stone fruit, retained a focus on acidity and showcased the unique identity of the contrasting Chablis terroirs.

Chablis 2022 En Primeur

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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin, Chablis Grand Cru, Valmur
2022
92/100 VM
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£360.00
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2022
88 VM
12x75cl
£210.00
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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin, Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudesir
2022
93/100 VM
6x75cl
£360.00
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2022
89-91 VM
12x75cl
£240.00
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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin, Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudesir
2022
93/100 VM
6x75cl
£360.00
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2022
91-93 VM
6x75cl
£420.00
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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin, Chablis Premier Cru, Vaillons
2022
93/100 VM
6x75cl
£180.00
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Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin, Chablis Premier Cru, Montee de Tonnerre
2022
93/100 VM
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£231.00
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