Country: France Region: Burgundy
Vintage: 2012 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Maison Joseph Drouhin
Site: LaForêt Bourgogne Chardonnay is made with the Chardonnay grape coming from the whole of Burgundy. It is often the entry level wine leading to the great white Burgundies: to drink it provides the simple pleasures of a classic Burgundy.
History & tradition: in the 1970s, Robert drouhin (Véronique's father) created "the Burgundy to unveil Burgundy". His idea: the diversity of different terroirs and the elegance of the Drouhin style. He chose grapes from parcels situated near the top of the slopes, high up, close to the forest. He is a nature lover and so called his wine "LaForêt" (the forest in French). He then set out to conquer the market and fortune favoured him".
The name LaForêt (pronounced "La-fo-ray") is synonymous with quality. Joseph Drouhin takes great care in selecting the various cuvées.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 vine stocks/hectare.
Yield: 61 hl/ha, purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers.
Press: pneumatic press.
"Débourbage": decanting of white wine to reduce sediment.
Composed like a perfume. Véronique Drouhin and the blend of LaForêt.
"We have a good palette of aromas and flavours. Chablis, in the north, for the freshness and character, the Côte d'Or for finesse and elegance, the Mâconnais to the south for the charm and fruitiness.
With this structure, LaForêt is a faithful wine, and we rediscover these traits from year to year".
Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained.
Stainless-steel vats (7 to 8 months).
One to two year old barrels for the wines of higher provenance.
Part of the wine is aged in oak barrels, and that changes a lot. Why? Because the marriage with oxygen happens more gently (as said by Véronique Drouhin!). Result: the wine is not overly woody but is rich in aromas".
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin:
"Full of life! A bouquet of citrus aromas, and then we find honey and vanilla. In the mouth, it's funky, spontaneous, striking. Really charming!.
Aperitif "finger food"? A light (almost) improvised dinner, lunch in a trendy restaurant, LaForêt is always in right place! Its a no brainer, LaForêt is at ease everywhere and with everything or almost! Chardonnay and sushi, veggie pizza... simple things, a sign of times".
2013: new design. LaForêt is dressed in a smart casual way to surprise its friends. A concise simplified label, a scewcap, an outer decorated with a whirwind of bottles... No doubt about it, LaForêt is trendy!
This is a seductive vintage. . In Chablis the wines are somewhat chiselled whereas in Côte de Beaune they offer more richness. They are now evolving slowly.
Temperature: 12/13°C (53-55°F).