The Droins have been producing wines in Chablis for nearly 400 years (their history as vignerons goes back at least to 1620). Benoît represents the14th generation of Droins and is one of the most dynamic winemakers in the region. His father Jean-Paul put the domaine on the map but perhaps went too far down the road of new oak barrels. The domaine owns 13 hectares of vineyards and produces 14 different wines, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, 7 Premiers Crus and 5 Grands Crus.
The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is another cuvée that shows a bit of overt oak influence, revealing aromas of nutmeg, spices, honeycomb and crisp orchard fruit. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny-textured but tight-knit, with chewy structuring extract and supporting barrel phenolics.[90+ Points, William Kelley – August 2019, robertparker.com]