Founded in 1880 by the then 22 year old Joseph Drouhin, this famous Burgundy Negociant is still family owned. Of the current, fourth generation, Veronique Drouhin is the wine-maker, Laurent is the brand ambassador in the USA, Philippe is in charge of the vineyards, whilst Frederic “conducts the orchestra”. Maison Joseph Drouhin owns extensive parcels throughout the region and in Chablis (see Drouhin-Vaudon page) extending to 73 hectares, including the world-renowned Clos des Mouches, one of the earliest purchases made by joseph. From Montrachet Marquis de laguiche through Meursault to Corton Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune, Echezaux to Clos de Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, the  domains produce a wide spectrum from Laforêt Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge to grands Crus in Musigny  and Chambertin.

Drouhin’s foremost concern is to express the exact character of each terroir. Since 1993 they have worked their vineyards to organic and biodynamic principles, “bringing natural answers to natural problems”. Vine stocks are grown in their own nursery to preserve their genetic heritage and control quality, and vineyards are ploughed by horse with treatments based on herb infusions and the use of natural predators instead of synthetic products. Planting is dense and yields deliberately kept low.

Vinification is traditional using indigenous yeasts and as little technical interference as possible, varied according to the needs of each terroir. Ageing takes account of the origin of each wine: stainless steel vats to enhance fruit and freshness in Chablis and Mâconnais, oak barrels to develop complexity and finesse in Côte d’Or. New oak barrels are made from oak trees individually selected by Drouhin which are then weathered for three years so that all coarse tannins can be eliminated. Their use and the time the wine spends in them are determined by the appellation and the vintage.

The progress of every wine is meticulously monitored and recorded at every stage: Drouhin were one of the first houses in Burgundy to apply bar codes on the barrels to ensure total traceability and every cork is stamped Joseph Drouhin, the appellation and the vintage, in order to guarantee the authenticity of the wine.

Lafret Bourgogne Blanc 2011-2

Laforêt Bourgogne Blanc 2012

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Screwcap

Tasting Note:

Fruity and full of life. This is a classic white Burgundy and a good entry level wine for Burgundy in general. The colour is golden yellow, with a greenish glint. The aromas are reminiscent of fresh grape and green almond. Elegant texture.

Saint Veran 2011-2

Saint Veran 2013

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A wine that smiles and makes you smile! It is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate

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Meursault 2013

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 months in French Oak
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A refined wine, well appreciated in the whole world. A beautiful golden colour and a great aromatic palette: honey, linden flower (“tilleul”), hazelnut butter, sometimes even chamomile or hawthorn. On the palate, a silky roundness. Long on the aftertaste, with flavours of yellow plum and gingerbread.

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Rully Blanc 2012

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 6- 8 months in French Oak, 20% new
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

The colour is a beautiful white gold, with delightful purity and brilliance. Aromas are fresh and fruity, with nuances of broom, almond and preserved citrus notes. On the palate, it proves fresh and elegant. A long and delicious aftertaste makes for a lasting impression.

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Macon Lugny 2013

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Screwcap

Tasting Note:

The colour of the Mâcon-Lugny is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity, with hints of white flowers, apple and lemon aromas. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste.

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Meursault 1er Cru Perrières 2010

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 months in French Oak
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A complex and generous wine, with a rare elegance. The colour is extraordinarily luminous. On the nose, a palette of interesting and varied aromas: syrup, grilled almond, preserved fruit. In the mouth, a silky and ample texture which does not exclude freshness or lightness. Long on the palate, with flavours recalling grilled bread and fruit jam. Always a consummate example of a white Burgundy, this wine is perfection!

CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET-BLANC-2010-2

Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 2011

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0 T
Oak-Ageing: 12 months in French Oak (25% new)
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Light golden colour. Intense nose of flower, brioche and candied lemon aromas, evolving towards nuances of grilled hazelnut and spice as the wine matures. Good texture and finesse on the palate. It has a long finish, where once again floral and gingerbread dominate. A generous and elegant wine.

MARQUIS DE LAGUICHE 2010-2

Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Marquis de Laguiche 2013

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing 12 months in French Oak (20% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

This is a wonderful occasion to savour a great wine. Admirable light golden colour. Intense and elegant aromas come to the fore : hawthorn, apricot notes, evolving towards hints of blond tobacco. As the wine ages, there are nuances of dried fruit and rare spices. A silky texture and a subtle touch of tannin give a true personality to the wine. Remarkable aftertaste. A great white Burgundy!

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2011-2

Puligny-Montrachet 2012

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Oak-ageing 12 months in French Oak (25% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A wine of great finesse, distinguished and elegant. The colour is pure and bright, with light glints of white gold. The aromas evoke trees in bloom and white flesh fruit, like white peaches. With age, the aromas evolve towards almond and lightly grilled dried fruit. On the palate, there is a sensation of fresh silkiness. Long and persistent in the aftertaste, ending on an exceptional wealth of flavors, both floral and fruity.

MARQUIS DE LAGUICHE 2010-2

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne 2010

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Oak-ageing: 12 months in French Oak (25% new)
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

A brilliant pale gold. Refined aromas of hawthorn, almond and apricot on the nose. These aromas shine through on the well structured palate which shows beautiful freshness balanced with velvety sensations. A long satisfying finish. A well balanced wine with good acidity level and great potential.

Lafret Bourgogne Rouge2011-2

Laforêt Bourgogne Rouge 2012

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 12.5%
Oak-ageing: A period in1 – 2 years old barrels for wines of higher provenance
Closure: Screwcap.

Tasting Note:

A wine full of charm: bright ruby colour and a nose rich with aromas of red fruit (raspberry, red currants, wild strawberry). On the palate, the wine is pleasant, fruity and refreshing, with light tannins and great elegance.

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Rully Rouge 2013

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 – 15 months in French Oak (10% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Beautiful bright ruby-red colour. Aromas of puréed raspberry, gooseberry, red currant, blackberry. With ageing, the aromas evolve towards riper notes of syrup, then tobacco and wet undergrowth. Pretty and refined on the nose. The flavours belong to those of a great Burgundy. Fresh, velvety texture (“gras”), elegant tannins, well meshed when the wine is mature. Long, refined aftertaste, with some touches of fruit jam.

CHOREY-LÈS-BEAUNE 2010-2

Chorey-lès-Beaune 2010

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 – 15 months in French Oak (10% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A pleasing wine with a bright, clear red colour. The bouquet is surprisingly intense and fruity. The palate exhibits a supple and round body. A long and flavourful finish with hints of blackberry compote: wild blackberry will be the dominant aroma as this wine ages.

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE CLOS DES GODEAUX 2010-2

Savigny-les-Beaune Clos des Godeaux 2010

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 14 – 18 months in French Oak (20% new)
Closure: Natural cork.

Tasting Note:

Intense ruby colour. An elegant nose of small red berries, roses and spice. On the palate, the wine offers a subtle intensity of blackcurrant and raspberry notes underpinned with spice. The finish is supple with silky tannins contributing to its delicate finesse.

CÔTE DE BEAUNE ROUGE 2010-2

Côte de Nuits Villages 2011

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 to 15 months in French Oak
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A delicious red Burgundy, with harmonious flavours. Bright ruby colour. On the nose, intense aromas of wild cherry, liquorice and mild spices, evolving towards notes of undergrowth and mushroom. On the palate, excellent balance between tannin, acidity and “gras” (velvety texture). The aftertaste is reminiscent of little red berries.

VOLNAY 2009-2

Volnay 2011

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 14 – 18 months in French Oak (20% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

A wine of great elegance with a vivid and bright colour. When the wine is young, the aromas are reminiscent of violet and black currant. With age, the aromas take on notes of ripe or candied fruit, mushroom and mild spices. On the palate, a pleasant sensation of roundness and velvety texture. Long aftertaste, with touches of candied fruit and vanilla.

NUITS-ST-GEORGES 2009-2

Nuits-St-Georges 2011

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 14 to 18 months in French Oak (20% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Deep red colour. The aromas are powerful and elegant, with notes of cherry and blackberry, as well as hints of cedar wood evolving towards gamey touches. On the palate: beautiful balance between structure and softness. The long aftertaste is reminiscent of fruit syrups and mild spices.

CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2008-2

Chambolle-Musigny 2012

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.0%
Oak-ageing: 12 – 14 months in French Oak Barrels
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Fine lace and silk are the words most often associated with this wine. Bright, intense colour and complex aromas evoking violet, black cherry and damp earth. According to the vintages, there are also notes of truffle and game. Refined tannins coat the palate. Good balance between texture and acidity. Long aftertaste, with notes of cherry and candied fruit.

 

CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2008-2

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 2012

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Oak-ageing: 12-14 months in barrels
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Fine lace and silk are the words most often associated with this wine. Bright, intense colour and complex aromas evoking violet, black cherry and damp earth. According to the vintages, there are also notes of truffle and game. Refined tannins coat the palate. Good balance between texture and acidity. Long aftertaste, with notes of cherry and candied fruit.

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN-2009

Gevrey Chambertin 2012

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Oak-ageing: 14 to 18 months in French oak barrels (20% new)
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Gevrey-Chambertin is a wine with a beautiful, bright ruby colour. Intensely fruity on the nose, the aromas are reminiscent of black cherry, wild blackberry and liquorice. The woody character is subtle and marries delicately with the other aromas. As the wine evolves, there are more complex notes, such as mild spice, nutmeg and leather. Later still, mushroom and damp earth nuances make their appearance. Although present on the palate, tannin is never astringent but blends itself harmoniously with the natural freshness and “gras” (velvety texture) of the wine. The same aromas encountered earlier on the nose are found again in the aftertaste.

Maison Joseph Drouhin Hospice de Belleville Beaujolais

In 2014, Maison Joseph Drouhin signed an exclusive partnership with the Hospices de Belleville, owner of 34 acres in the 3 crus of Fleurie, Brouilly and Morgon. Nowadays the Hospice is a museum, having opened its doors in 1773 as a charitable institution which cared for the sick from among the poorest members of society. Throughout its time as a Hospice, it benefitted from the generosity of benefactors, some of whom donated vineyards, hence the exceptional parcels in Beaujolais

This partnership marks the culmination of a long shared history.  Maurice Drouhin, son of Joseph Drouhin, founder of the house, was a member of the French resistance during the war and owed his life to the brave actions of the nuns of the Hospices de Beaune, who looked after him for 6 months. In later life, as a sign of his gratitude, Maurice voluntarily helped to manage the Hospices de Beaune, and subsequently the Hospices Civiles of the East of France, which included the Hospices de Belleville. Therefore this is a wonderful opportunity, 50 years later, for his grandchildren to invest in the Hospices de Belleville and to retrace their Grandfather’s footsteps.

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Fleurie Hospices de Belleville

Fleurie Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2014

Tasting Note:

Boasting a pretty ruby, violet colour, the wine begins by expressing floral notes of violet, rose, iris, with a typical peppery note which then evolves into red fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with soft Tannins, like a caress, the finale is long fresh and persistant

Morgon Hospices de Belleville

Morgon Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2014

Tasting Note:

The colour is purple violet, this Morgon already unveils its temperament with aromas of very ripe red fruits, spices and liquorice. The palate confirms a tannic structure, a little firm as yet, but balanced by ample fruitiness.

Brouilly Hospices de Belleville

Brouilly Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2014

Tasting Note:

This Brouilly displays a deep red purple robe, a fleshy body with supple, caressing tannins, perfectly balenced, fruitiness is present with a delicately peppery note to finish.

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