2018 Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Aloxe Corton
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Corton Charlemagne

Lots of phenolic density here, powerfully weighty. Not giving much away but all the power and ageing cabability is here. From the warmer eastern side of the hill, and on a soil that's very calcareous, making structured wines. They make eight barrels. Drinking range: 2024 - L&S (Nov 2019)

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The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from east-facing vineyards within the Les Languettes, a small production of six barrels. It has a closed and stubbornly backward bouquet that is outflanked by the Clos des Mouches Blanc. The tensile palate delivers good acidity and notes of orange zest and light peach notes, quite pure, and a spicy stem ginger and salty peanut finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, (Jan 2020)

Spicy with a hint of coconut but it is more the lees effect than the oak that clothes the fruit here. Pretty oaky on the palate with an unexpected oak sweetness. Véronique Drouhin says this wine often has a hint of violets but I can’t pick that out. I do agree with her that there is some tannin here but it is well integrated in this long, powerful wine. Really persistent with a salty, mouth-watering finish even if the acidity is modest. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, (Dec 2019)

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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