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. Located in the north of the Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin is world-famous, not only for its superlative Grand Crus, but also for all its other vineyards. Vines have been cultivated here since 630AD.
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.
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 velvety texture of the wine. The same aromas encountered earlier on the nose are found again in the aftertaste.
This shows a wealth of pure fruit and freshness with wonderful aromatics. Spices and dried flowers, too. Medium-bodied, round and savory with plenty of acidity and medium length.'
NEAL MARTIN - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Village has a well-defined bouquet with lifted redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supple in the mouth with a clean and pure mulberry finish. This is a delicious village cru from Drouhin, equal to the 2015 last year. Recommended and probably this will be good value.
JULIA HARDING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Mid cherry red. Lightly dusty fragrance, some graphite savoury notes entwined with the lively fruit. Al dente firmness to the tannins. Quite mild overall but all in harmony. Gentle, scented with just a touch of spice in the mix.' 16 / 20 Points