2014 1er Cru Les Baudes Joseph Drouhin
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Finer yet on the nose than the Premier Cru 'cuvee', with a plusher volume and darker fruit, not as lifted, lean and keen, but a relaxed rich boy. Super-long too. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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A little reduction at first leading onto rose floral notes, rich soil and tart red fruit. Needs a touch more lift, but there's a refined structure here. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 88 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2016)
The 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Baudes was picked on September 16 and includes 15% whole cluster. It has a very perfumed bouquet, refined and elegant with hints of violet and blueberry tincturing the red cherry fruit. The palate is crisp on the entry, a little tighter and sharper than the nose was implying and perhaps I was expecting a little more substance on the finish. Hopefully that will develop in time once bottled. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2015)
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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