Founded in Burgundy in 1880, Maison Drouhin has been assembled over the years parcel by parcel, and now comprises 73 ha of vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Chablis.
The Grand Cru vineyard of Charmes is located below Chambertin, next to Griotte-Chambertin. Were there 'charmes' (beech trees) growing here at one time? Or were people just referring to the characteristics of the wine? A 19th Century official document mentions the 'untilled land of charmes,' but there is no certain answer.
After hand-picking and sorting, the grapes were crushed and left to macerate in temperature-controlled fermenters. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts for a period of 2 to 3 weeks, with cap plunging and pump over. After pressing, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (20% new) for maturation of 14-18 months.
The colour is intense and bright. On the nose, the first impression that arises is that of cherry. Then, woody and fine, spicy aromas appear, with an elegant hint of musk in some vintages. The flavours are extraordinary in their richness and harmony, neither too rough nor too heavy. The architecture of the wine is held up by fine-grained tannins, giving the body a silky texture. Acidity brings energy and liveliness to the whole. The aftertaste is a pure delight.
For the last 130 years, Maison Joseph Drouhin has been in the hands of the Drouhin family. Today, the fourth generation is at the helm, animated by the same passion that inspired the founder of the company. With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations. The style of Joseph Drouhin is an alliance between character, balance and harmony. Wines meant to be drunk young are fresh and subtle; wines meant for keeping acquire with age a luscious complexity.
Taut and polished, with black cherry, blackberry, licorice and spice flavors locked in the embrace of voluminous tannins. Ample sweet fruit comes to the fore on the lingering finish, where the spice accents continue.'
ALLEN MEADOWS - BURGHOUND.COM
This is the first wine to display any appreciable amount of wood and in this case it's generous to the point that there are menthol nuances on the otherwise layered nose that is very Gevrey in character with plenty of game, forest floor and earth scents. The rich, round and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors possess fine depth and length if not the sheer potential of the best here. Still, this is really quite good and should make for a lovely wine with 10 plus years of age on it.'
JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Sample. Not owned by Drouhin - and the colour is much lighter than the Petits Monts served alongside. Rather a charmer. Sweet and polished, with sweet damson fruit.' 17 / 20 Points