JOSEPH DROUHIN

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 to Meursault and to Corton Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune, Echezaux to Clos de Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, the  domaines 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 to the barrels to ensure total traceability and every cork is stamped with Joseph Drouhin, the appellation and the vintage, in order to guarantee the authenticity of the wine.

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LAFORÊT BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY 2017

100% Chardonnay

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!

 

MÂCON BUSSIÈRES ‘LES CLOS’ 2018

100% Chardonnay 

The colour is limpid and bright. The wine develops mineral notes with hints of white flowers. Precise on the palate and long aftertaste. It shows an amazing purety

 

SAINT-VÉRAN 2017

100% Chardonnay

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

POUILLY-VINZELLES 2017

100% Chardonnay

A wine for mere pleasure! Pale yellow colour with numerous bright green reflections. Intense persistant flavours of peach and white flowers harmoniously meshed together. On the palate, the wine is ample, fresh, intense, with reminiscent notes of ripe grapes, almond, fresh hazelnut and cinnamon. The mouth reveals an elegant wine endowered with a good structure

RULLY BLANC 2018

100% Chardonnay

A wine full of charm! The colour is a beautiful white gold, with a ravishing purity and brilliance. The aromas are fresh and fruity, with nuances of broom shrub (genêt), almond and delicious preserved citrus notes. On the palate, it is fresh and elegant. A long and delicious aftertaste makes for a lasting impression

MEURSAULT 2017
100% Chardonnay
 
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
MEURSAULT PREMIER CRU ‘PERRIÈRES’ 2016

100% Chardonnay

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 2017

100% Chardonnay

A generous and elegant wine. Light golden colour. Intense nose of flower, brioche and candied lemon aromas, evolving towards nuances of grilled hazelnut and spice as the wine matures. On the palate, the wine is straightforward, with a nice texture and finesse. It has a long aftertaste where floral and gingerbread notes dominate

CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET MORGEOT PREMIER CRU ‘MARQUIS DE LAGUICHE’ 2016

100% Chardonnay

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 2017

100% Chardonnay

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

BEAUNE CLOS DES MOUCHES PREMIER CRU BLANC 2016

100% Chardonnay

An outstanding wine. Pale yellow colour. Complex floral nose of white lilac and white rose. Once open, fruity aromas come to the fore, evolving towards grilled hazelnut and almond. When the wine is more mature, the nose is surprisingly strong and fifteen minutes of aeration produce wonderful notes of white truffle, citron (cedrat), honey and nutmeg, elegantly meshed together. Very lively on the palate. 

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET PREMIER CRU ‘CLOS DE LA GARENNE’ 2016

100% Chardonnay

Great finesse and breed in this wine. The colour, barely golden, is brilliant. On the nose, refined aromas of hawthorn, fresh almond and apricot, evolving towards candied fruit, hazelnut and grilled dried fruit. On the palate, a beautiful structure harmonizing nicely with fresh and velvety sensations. Long aftertaste, especially in the flavours.

LAFORÊT BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2017

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. 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! Pinot Noir and grilled chicken, pasta with pesto… simple things, a sign of times

RULLY ROUGE EN MAGNUM 2015

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.

 

RULLY ROUGE 2016

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

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.

RULLY ROUGE 2017

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.

 

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE ‘CLOS DES GODEAUX’ 2015

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Supple and feminine wine with a ruby colour. Elegant nose of small red berries and flowers possibly suggesting roses and spices. On the palate, the wine offers a ravishing and subtile intensity of blackurrant and raspberry aromas lingering on spicy notes. The mouth remains supple, the silky tannins contributing to its delicate finesse.

 

VOLNAY 2017

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

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

 

‘CÔTE DE BEAUNE’ ROUGE EN MAGNUM 2016

A true delight and a great harmony! A beautiful purple colour. On the nose, delicate and fruity aromas such as strawberry and red currant. On the palate, the tannins are refined and lend a nice roundness to the body. Elegant aftertaste

 

BEAUNE PREMIER CRU ‘CHAMPIMONTS’ 2016 

An elegant and seductive wine. Intense ruby colour. On the nose, aromas of small red berries such as raspberry or red currant. With age, the aromas acquire hints of clove and a slightly smoky note. On the palate, the tannins are elegant and supple; there is a harmonious balance between acidity and texture. Flavours linger a long time in the aftertaste

 

BEAUNE PREMIER CRU ‘CLOS DES MOUCHES’ ROUGE 2016

An exceptional wine. Beautiful, deep-red ruby colour, with the bright sheen of great Burgundies. Intense and fresh nose for the young wines. Primary notes of red fruit dominate, such as Morello cherry (“griotte”, or wild cherry), raspberry, blackberry. There are hints of complexity with smoky flavours evolving towards liquorice. When the wine is maturing, aromas of pepper, tobacco, humus and undergrowth appear. When drinking the wine, the first impression is always clear-cut and the texture fleshy. The body is firm without being rough, well meshed without being heavy. There is great freshness in the younger wines. With age, the wine gets rounder. It takes on “gras” (velvety texture) and a more precise architecture, supported by silky tannins. It is lively and refined at the same time. There remains a final and most pleasing sensation of harmony, fullness and delicate tannins, as the wine lingers on the palate.

BEAUNE PREMIER CRU CUVÉE MAURICE DROUHIN HOSPICES DE BEAUNE 2017

Maurice Drouhin made his donation of vineyards in 1947 and therefore 2017 represents 70 years since the vineyards passed into the Hospices de Beaune Domaine. Comprised of Beaune Bressandes, Beaune Avaux, Beaune Boucherottes and Beaune Champimonts, it offers up a bouquet of sweet cassis, black cherries, spice and forest floor. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with a deep, brooding and welldefined structure. Suave tannins with a long, elegant and lifted finish.

 

VOSNE-ROMANÉE 2014

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather. Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palate. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterises this great Burgundy.

BEAUNE PRMIER CRU ‘EPINOTES’ 2015 

As a Premier Cru of Beaune, Epenotes displays an intense, ruby-red color. While young, the aromas are reminiscent of red berry and cherry. When mature, the aromas evolve towards spicy and balsamic notes. It is a wine with good structure and no harshness. In fact, it can age quite well. A flavour of ripe cherry lingers in the aftertaste

 

CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2017

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

 

NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 2016

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

 

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2015

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

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. 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN PREMIER CRY ‘CLOS PRIEUR’ 2017 

The wine shows a beautilul deep garnet colour. The nose exudes intense scents of candied black fruits. On the palate, aromas of Morello cherry mingle with hints of vanilla, and the soft tannins offer a nice silky texture. Very long 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.

BEAUJOLAIS MORGON HOSPICES DE BELLEVILLE 2017

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

BEAUJOLAIS BROUILLY HOSPICES DE BELLEVILLE 2016 

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.

 

BEAUJOLAIS FLEURIE HOSPICES DE BELLEVILLE 2016

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