2019 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin


Lovely forest-berry and black-cherry nose that is already quite open. Interesting tough of clove. Excellent structure, the tannins interlocking very nicely with the medium to full body and the generous fruit. Rather a bold finish for this appellation, but in a very positive way. A blend of four 1er Crus. Drink or hold. Rating: 94 James Suckling, (Jul 2021)

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(typically made from 6 or 7 different 1ers depending on whether the fruit from the parcel of Les Baudes is included). Ultra-spicy, cool and dazzlingly pure aromas flash notes of red and dark raspberry, rose petal and violet along with a vague hint of exotic tea. There is fine density and even better refinement to the delicate but punchy flavors that are akin to rolling small stones around in the mouth on the beautifully long finale. This compact yet elegant effort should age gracefully for out to 15 years and I would be inclined to allow it at least 7 to 8. In a word, excellent. Drinking range: 2031 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2021)

The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru is lovely, mingling aromas of raspberries with hints of orange rind, spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's bright and lively, with ultra-refined tannins and a long, perfumed finish. As I've written before, this routinely excellent cuvée—which is mainly made from estate fruit—continues to fly a bit under the radar, so readers would do well to seek it out. Rating: 91 - 93+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)

The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru has a delineated bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and light iris flower aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine precision, quite minerally and showing much more precision than the Village (as you would expect) and just the right amount of salinity on the finish. This is one of Véronique Drouhin’s pet favorites, and I can understand why. Drinking range: 2023 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, (Dec 2020)

Quite a deep crimson. The nose is a bit introvert at the moment, but the spread of subtle fruit across the palate is stunning! Velvety texture. This would make an excellent teaching tool to communicate Chambolle's special sumptuousness. Long and rich on the finish. Pure flattery. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Dec 2020)

25% whole bunch vinification. Another bright deep purple, this has once again the quintessential exquisite nose of Chambolle, always a cru to savour, six of them in one bottle! Graciously oaked, velvet texture, considerable weight here, just falls the right side of the line. Purple fruit, a touch of blackberry, up to its usual thrilling standard. Tasted: December 2020 **** Rating: 92-94 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Dec 2020)

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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