Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos 2015
During the 1960's, at a time when the Chablis vineyards were all but abandoned and out of 'vogue', Robert Drouhin believed in the potential of this wine region and its unique terroir. The soils in Chablis consisit of Kimmeridgian limestone which contains millions of tiny marine fossils embedded in a kind of whitish mortar which may have been once the bottom of the sea, hundreds of millions of years ago. This marine origin gives the wines of Chablis their unique flavor and the terroir which we love. Robert selected the best vineyards in the historical and geological heart of Chablis and purchased land on which to nurture great vineyards. The largest and most famous Grand Cru vineyard is Les Clos, located between Valmur on the left and Blanchot on the right. The exposure is responsible for its generous and powerful character. History and tradition: it is the cradle of Chablis, recognized long ago by the medieval monks as a superb location for planting a vineyard. The term “Les Clos” (enclosure, in French) probably refers to the surrounding wall that they built to fence off the parcel. Sadly this wall is no longer in existence, but the name remains.
The Drouhin's Les Clos estate consists of 1.3 hectares (3.212 acres) with an average vine age of 37 years.. Chablis is the perfect aperitif, or a wonderful match with seafood, especially oysters, shellfish, and white fish.
James SucklingFabulous aromas of stones, apples and orange zest. Full body, great density and wonderful energy. Fruit and everything there. Complexity, too. Drink or hold.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has developed a subtle marine influence on the nose since I tasted it a few months ago. It is well defined and focused with fresh pear and green apple, though maybe the Vaudésir is prettier this vintage. The palate is sappy and quite saline on the entry, with nicely-judged acidity and a little resinous toward the finish. As I mentioned before, it does not possess the attack of the 2014, yet it should still give another decade of drinking pleasure.