2012 Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
ABV 13%

Drouhin indicated that this has a high percentage of declassified Beaune 1ers in it; destemmed). A distinctly earthy nose of red currant, dark berries, humus and underbrush leads to supple and very round light to barely middle weight flavors. There is good detail and fine complexity on the solidly persistent and balanced finish. This is on the lighter side but the depth is notably better than one typically finds with this appellation. 2017+ Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)

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The 2012 Côte de Beaune is another pretty, entry-level Burgundy from Drouhin. The 2012 impresses for its expressive aromatics, bright red fruit and terrific overall balance. There is a lot to like here. 2014-2020 Rating: 88-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jan 2014)

(Drouhin owns three hectares on poor hillside soil and also blends five low-altitude Beaune premier crus into this wine for more roundness and fat; just a small percentage of whole-cluster vinification here): Modestly saturated medium red. Pungent aromas of cranberry and fresh herbs. In a somewhat green style but has good fruit intensity, decent texture and a spicy nuance. Finishes with suave tannins and lingering spices. No shortage of backbone here Rating: 86-88 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Jan 2014)

The 2012 Cote de Beaune was picked between September 20 and 28, and as well as Cote de Beaune fruit, the blend includes declassified barrels of village and premier cru. It has a simple dark cherry, red currant and pomegranate bouquet with crisp delineation and fine clarity for such a modest wine. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, red currant and pomegranate fruit with a touch of spice on the brittle finish. Fine – what you might call a “breezy” entry-level Pinot. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Jan 2014)

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. 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.

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.

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