CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES
2014 Joseph Drouhin
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This wine certainly stood out at the wide-ranging Drouhin tasting. Some definite class and spice. A bit of oak showing, but the finesse and succulence is there and this floats - there's some good mineral soil somewhere in its origin. It turns out that it is around 60% Fixin. A bit of a bargain. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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Mostly from Fixin. 16 months in oak. Mid crimson. Dark-red fruit, finely fragrant and just a hint of peppery spice. Deeply fruited and lightly spiced on the palate. Elegant, juicy and fine-boned if not particularly sustained on the finish. Drinking range: 2016 - 2019 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2016)
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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