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 site is at the heart of Côte de Nuits, between Morey-Saint-Denis and Vougeot. The name of the village Chambolle is probably derived from the Celtic 'cambola,' - an area already reputed for its vineyards in Gallo-Roman times and cultivated by the monks in the Middle Ages. Joseph Drouhin owns several parcels in this appellation.
Harvesting was done by hand, in small open crates in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit. After sorting, the grapes were crushed and the must racked to temperature-controlled fermenting vessels. Maceration and vinification over a period of 2-3 weeks, with spontaneous ferment using indigenous yeasts. A combination of punching down and pump over were used during fermentation. After ferment, the wine was pressed and racked to French oak barrels (20% new) for 14-18 months maturation.
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. Depending on the vintage, 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.
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.
JAMIE GOODE - WINE ANORAK
10% whole cluster. Fresh but with a bit of spicy depth to the juicy raspberry fruit. There's some silkiness here and also some flesh. Very pretty.'
This offers up notes of red cherry, raspberry, liquorice and mint, with a concentrated, full-bodied, impressively complete and multidimensional palate framed by fine, chalky tannins. The low yields of the vintage in Chambolle are reflected by unusual concentration and depth.'
NEAL MARTIN - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Village has a light and rather linear bouquet that is missing the sensuality that other vintages of this exact wine have offered. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin and nicely judged acidity; however, it does not offer the panache or the harmony of either the Vosne-Romanée or the Gevrey-Chambertin. Hopefully, there will be some uplift once this is in bottle.'
JULIA HARDING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Light to mid crimson. So fragrant and delicate on the nose with delicate spice and very pretty, fresh dark-red fruit. Smooth, soft and fresh on the palate. Delicate though not lacking shape or length. On the lighter side.'