Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 6/750 2015
From the largest and probably most famous Grand Cru, located between Valmur on the left and Blanchot on the right, these vines (averaging 40 years old now) are at an exposure responsible for its generous and powerful character. In the cradle of Chablis, already recognized 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. This wall is no longer in existence.
At the end of the 19th Century the vineyard was devastated by the phylloxera disease. In the 1960's, Robert Drouhin was one of the first Beaune propriétaires to bring it back to life. The soil is Kimmeridgian limestone containing millions of tiny marine fossils embedded in a kind of whitish mortar which may have been once the bottom of the sea...hundreds of million years ago. This marine origin gives the wines of Chablis their unique flavor. The Drouhin estate is just over 3 acres and its yields are kept especially low to ensure the voice of Les Clos.
Fermented in French oak barrels (0% new wood) for a length of 12 months, Veronique Boss-Drouhin describes this as "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".