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. At the heart of the Côte de Nuits, the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges has its own Hospices, world-renowned vineyards and, of course, ancient traditions. Maison Joseph Drouhin owns nearly half of the Premier Cru Les Procès, next to Pruliers, another famous vineyard.
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.
Deep garnet colour, but bright in the glass. The aromas are intense, but elegant. They are reminiscent of cherry jelly with hints of wood and balsam, or cedar. With age, the aromas take on gamey touches. On the palate, the wine displays flesh as well as structure and a velvety texture. Very flavorful aftertaste, evoking fruit syrups and spice infusions.
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.
Aromas of cloves, flowers and strawberries with hints of earth. Full- to medium-bodied,focused and bright. Lots of subtle character. Beautiful, fine tannins and a bright finish. Lovely. Drink now or age.'
NEAL MARTIN - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Procés has a touch of dark chocolate on the nose, probably from the oak, that just obscured what feels like attractive red fruit underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a little saline and spicy in the mouth with an understated, tertiary finish that should age with style. Give this 3 or 4 years in bottle to subsume the wood, because there is a very ambitious Les Procés here.'
JULIA HARDING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Mid crimson with quite a bit of blue. Pure cherry fruit, dark and red, seasoned with peppery spice and a light but sure dark, minerally note adding freshness. Dry, firm, so elegant in texture, subtle, dark and incredibly long. Lovely even in its infant state.' 17 / 20 Points