2012 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin


A fullish green-edged gold. Obvious oak, and a broad hazelnutty fruit. Palate is exquisitely balanced: full and yet for all the fullness it has fruity juice and freshness to balance. Gorgeous, gourmand, savoury ripeness develops so that it is very hard not to swallow!L&S (Nov 2013)

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Always picked among the first vineyards at Drouhin, this is consistently one of the house’s best white wines, showing well in its youth but ageing harmoniously too. This is a stunning wine: white flowers and spice on the nose, crunchy acidity, focused fruit, subtly-interwoven oak and remarkable length on the palate. 2016-26 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, (Jan 2014)

Greenish pale gold. Quite fat and rich on the nose. Always very ripe and consistent, this one with lots of flattering fruit. Long and charming. Some crème pâtissière. 2015-2023 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2014)

Veronique mentioned that the 2012 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres is one of the first to be picked, constituting one of her most consistent vineyards. “I don’t know what we could wish for more,” she enthused. It already sports a sophisticated, well-defined bouquet. It is taciturn at first. Then upon the sixth or seventh swirl, there is an explosion of intense orange zest and apricot fruit with a touch of almond. The palate is beautifully balanced with wonderful acidity and balance. So suave and complex with superb balance and grace on the finish, this is one of the finest 2012 Meursault Perrieres that I have tasted. Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, (Jan 2014)

Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.


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