2016 Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin
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Nose of melting butter on lightly grilled white bread - then a hit of much brighter, more zippy lemon juice fruit. Some spice too and firm pear flesh. The feel is bright, with really good energy, some dusty mineral coating too but an energising, sparky drive underlies the riper, more warm apple and more ripe fruits that build in the mouth. Good and powerful, will need some patience. L&S (Dec 2017)
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A small parcel that yields just six barrels. Impressive citrus aromas with a flinty edge, as well as pithy lemons and grapefruit. It delivers a mouthwatering impression of power and clarity. The palate has a very succulent, powerful and refined feel with a stunning,saline mineral cut. Supreme concentration and power. This is great. Organically farmed grapes. Drink or hold through to 2025+. Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
A complex combination of creamy and chalky on the nose. Mandarin and creamy oak combined to be so fragrant, plus a greengage note. Gentle but precise. Elegant and with effortless concentration and impressive length. Lovely, complete, fresh, and a touch of spice on the finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
(40% new oak; winemaker Faure-Brac noted that Drouhin's parcel on the Aloxe side of Corton-Charlemagne avoided the frost, which was much more destructive in Pernand-Vergelesses): Pale, bright yellow. Expressive aromas of apple, nutmeg, talc and fresh herbs. Densely packed, pure and light on its feet, with subtle white peach and crushed stone flavors joined by more exotic apricot and lichee notes as the wine opens in the glass. Not a sweet style but saline, penetrating and long; this wine appears to be closing down in barrel. Terrific potential here. Rating: 92-94 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)
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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