Country: France Region: Burgundy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2018 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Joseph Drouhin
In 1880 Joseph Drouhin founded the eponymous wine merchant, but it was his son, Maurice, who after the First World War, started to buy some of the good parcels around Beaune, including the famous Clos des Mouches. Maurice's nephew, Robert, continued his uncle's good work and expanded the domain in to certain prestigious terrroirs, such as Musigny, Griotte-Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Bonnes Mares, Grands Échézeaux, etc. A pioneer in vinification methods, he was one of the first winemakers in Burgundy to move towards sustainable farming principles: limited fertilisers and treatments, yield management, etc. The Joseph Drouhin house has been managed by Robert Drouhin's four children since 2003. This famous house in Beaune is internationally renowned and consists of 72 hectares of vineyard, divided in to 26 ha of red and 46 ha of white. It spreads from north to south between Chablis (38 hectares), Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune (30 hectares). In 1987 the Domaine also acquired vines in Orégon.
"The Vosne “Premier Cru” bottling is made from purchased grapes from the vineyards of Petits Monts, Chaumes and Malconsorts, which is a pretty impressive combination. The 2017 vintage is only the second for this cuvée and it is quickly becoming a favorite of mine in their lineup, as the wine offers up a very complex and refined bouquet of red and black raspberries, sweet dark berries, duck, Vosne spices, raw cocoa, dark soil tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, elegant and vibrant in personality, with a lovely core of gently sappy fruit, fine soil signature, fine-grained tannins and lovely length and grip on the beautifully balanced finish. Fine juice (still in cask)."-John Gilman