2011 Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Vougeot
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Clos Vougeot

This is really quite floral in character with unusually elegant red berry fruit, especially red currant scents that display plenty of soil tones. There is fine volume and excellent mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that are supported by markedly firm but not aggressive tannins on the moderately austere and impressively persistent finish. This is very much a classic Clos de Vougeot and patience will absolutely be required as I don’t see this being particularly approachable young. 2023+ Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2013)

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One parcel near the chateau and one at the bottom of the clos. Lower parcel best in dry years. Mid crimson. Very sweet start and not that concentrated but a fair rendition with no obvious weak aspects. 2018-2030 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2013)

Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, (Dec 2012)

It is quite scented; a hint of peonies. Minty note. A wide and expansive palate. More obvious tannic structure here. Quite four square. An assertive long finish, which is a touch dry maybe, but no lack of power. Power more than elegance. Plenty of impact. From 2018 Rating: 18.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2012)

Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin, founded in 1880 and still family owned, are one of the most well-respected names in Burgundy, especially through their flagship wine, the iconic Clos des Mouches.

A huge part of the Drouhin production comes from their own domaine fruit (78 hectares), and much of the rest comes from contracts such as that with the Marquis de Laguiche, who shook hands with the grandfather of the current generation, agreeing to let him manage his vineyards which included an important part of Le Montrachet; this collaboration endures. Today, the fourth generation is at the helm

Small refinements continue to be made here. The presses have been changed - a reversion to basket pressing for the reds, and for whites the presses are open - along with a number of other growers they are following the trend to think that slight oxidation of the juice before fermentation is not a problem and may add complexity as well as avoiding later problems of premature oxidation in bottle.

For the reds there has been the introduction of selective whole-bunch fermentation in the Côte de Nuits wines. The house style remains one that 'emphasises the natural elegance of great Burgundies' as they describe it. The domaine is all cultivated with an organic and biodynamic approach.

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