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Expert Picks: Joseph Drouhin and…Joseph Drouhin!

Posted on | December 2, 2014 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiAt 183 acres, Joseph Drouhin is one of the largest estates in Burgundy. However large, the 180-year-old, family-owned estate shows an equally sizable commitment to showcasing the natural terroir of Burgundy and its appellations. Perhaps the best evidence to support that point is the fact that 60% of the wines that Drouhin produces are either Premier or Grand Cru, and if you remove its Chablis wines from the total, that percentage rises to 90%. Consider those percentages with the knowledge that only 1.6% of wines produced in Burgundy are Grand Cru, and Drouhin’s dedication to its craft becomes ever more clear.

Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2011 $39.99

Drouhin sources its Bourgogne from grapes that are meticulously selected from a dozen different appellations. The estate feels that this breadth of appellation makes a harmonious wine that truly gives you a broad view of Burgundy’s magnificence. Soft and approachable, this wine is one to drink now and for 3-5 years.

Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2009 $229.99

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is located between Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanee, and Drouhin owns two different parcels in this iconic vineyard site. In fact, this Grand Cru might be considered the most famous of all Burgundy appellations. This wine has style in spades with ample raspberry and cherry flavors that coat the palate. 2009 was a bumper crop with warmer temperatures, so expect this bottle to please you a little sooner than in cooler years. Drink 2016-2026.

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