Notes of green apple, pear, citrus zest and subtle spice introduce the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, a full-bodied, satiny wine that's almost unctuously textural and is rich and gourmand in profile, with good concentration and depth. It's a lavish, dramatic Bougros that will never rank as a great vintage but which will deliver a great deal of immediate pleasure. Drouhin Vaudon was created in 1962, when Robert Drouhin took advantage of cheap credit from Credit Agricole to acquire vineyards in Chablis, a region he had long visited and admired. Today, the Drouhin's holdings in the region amount to fully 38 hectares, and since 2009, all have been bottled under the Drouhin Vaudon label. Classical in balance and style, the wines are classy expressions of Chablis and consistent performs, as demonstrated by their efforts in the challenging 2016 vintage. Given the quality of what's in the bottle, Drouhin Vaudon deserves more attention. (WK)
The 2016 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru, the smallest of Drouhin-Vaudon’s Crus at 0.4-ha, is more straightforward than the Vaudésir, and a little introspective at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied and perhaps the richest of the domaine's 2016s, and as such, it does not quite deliver the same level of precision as either the other two Grand Crus. (NM)
(still on its lees, like the Vaudésir): Bright, light yellow. Very spicy aromas of ripe apple and white flowers. Broad, savory, appley wine with an inviting touch of sweetness. Not hugely concentrated or filled in. Finishes with saline and white pepper notes. Production here was about 33 hectoliters per hectare. Stephen Tanzer writing for Vinous
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