Chardonnay, Maison Joseph Drouhin
Located in the Beaune area, above the city of Beaune. The appellation Côte de Beaune is given to wines coming from vineyards located on top of the hill overlooking the city of Beaune. It should not be confused with the appellation Côte de Beaune-Villages, the latter given to wines coming from several villages of the Côte de Beaune (but not Beaune itself) and blended together. Côte de Beaune-Villages as an appellation is used only for red wines.
This interesting and unusual wine comes from the estate of Joseph Drouhin on the Côte de Beaune [the slope above Beaune] and some declassified wine from the young vines of the famous Clos des Mouches vineyard. The soil is composed of lay and limestone giving great finesse to the wines.
A truly delicious and harmonious wine. Pale gold color, very bright. The aromas bring to mind honey, almond and lemongrass. As the wine matures, intense flavors of grilled hazelnut and almonds are in evidence. Aged in oak barrels from the French high forest for 12 to 14 months, including 10-15% new barrels.
In 2018, great weather conditions provided a sound and high-quality harvest. The wines show a very nice balance. They deliver aromas of flowers and ripe fruit.
While the Estate now encompasses 93 hectares in some of the most prestigious ‘climats’ of Burgundy, one must go back to the year 1880 to feel the pulse of Maison Joseph Drouhin. By focusing on wine quality and respecting the diversity of Burgundy's vineyards, quickly combining the roles of négociant, producer, and above all, owner, the House quickly made a name for itself in the world. The generations of Drouhin succeeded each others, strengthening the House's reputation through the acquisition of numerous prestigious plots all over Burgundy. Guided by the revelation of these magical terroirs, unwavering ethics, and the distinctive Drouhin style characterized by finesse and elegance.
Maison Joseph Drouhin is rich with history and tradition. It is now directed by the four great-grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin. They grew up in the vineyards and acquired a deep understanding of wine alongside their father, Robert Drouhin. They all have their own role and they share the same passion for wine. The fifth generation is also making its mark, with Laurène, the eldest daughter of Véronique, joining the House in 2020.
At the operational helm of the House from 1957 to 2003, Robert Drouhin played an essential role in its modern development. He significantly expanded the estate, particularly in Grand Crus, and added the acquisitions in Chablis in 1968, as well as the establishment of the Oregon estate alongside his daughter Véronique in 1987.