Top Values from Drouhin

5 current releases worth taking a look at


Joseph Drouhin is one of the finest négociants not only in Burgundy, but in the world. The family produces wines in classic négociant fashion, as well as from properties that they own outright. I don’t know exactly how to describe their style. "Middle of the road" can sound frankly derogatory at times, but to me it seems just about right.

When tasting through the wines of Drouhin, I can really get a sense of each wine’s terroir, and each wine expresses not only the flavors and aromas of the vineyards, but more importantly to me the texture as well. There is no over-arching winemaking style imposed on the wines other than a fine combination of elegance, balance, and a refined sense of richness.

Some of these wines have not yet been released.
Prices listed are at full mark-up; when they are released you should be able to find each at a noticeable discount.

2009 Drouhin Rully, $22

Bright on the nose with an herbal accent to the perfumed citrus fruits. Very aromatic and nicely complex with sweet citrus juice notes and hints of pith and oil. Rich yet precise in the mouth with a lovely ripeness that is finely balanced by excellent tension in the mouth. There’s a great edge of sweet ripeness to the fruit that lends it an almost strawberry-like note that drives the impressively long finish. This is a very attractive wine with a lot going for it at this price. Lovely stuff. 89pts

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2009 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis, $24

Nice apple fruit on the nose is framed by very correct mineral notes that recall flint and steel. In the mouth this is bright and crisp with fairly intense minerality. The lemon pith fruit on the tense mid-palate leads to more of a green apple tone on the moderately long finish. 88pts

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2008 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru, $40

Nice and bright on the nose, with a wonderful blend of sweet citrus fruits and green apple aromas gently accented by more exotic notes of fig and pineapple. Wonderfully tense and bright in the mouth with big acids but also a fine core of rich fruit that slowly unwinds with notes of dried citrus rind and green apple, gaining sweetness and intensity on the moderately long finish. This comes off as quite fruit-driven in a way but flashes of steely minerality help to frame the mid-palate and add focus to the wine. This can benefit from some time in the cellar but is a great Chablis for the near term. 91pts

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2009 Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin, $55

This is displaying gorgeous aromatics with stemmy, sappy floral and forest-floor tones supporting black raspberry and red current fruit. It's both intense and complex but has a certain purity to it. In the mouth this is a bit tight, with a fine austere feel. It's not quite fulfilling the promise of the nose but is very aromatic in the mouth. The cherry skin fruit does emerge with some time and gains subtle savory and spicy elements that fill out on the long, lithe finish. This is a lovely wine showing very well today but given a few years, it should be beautiful. 91pts

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2008 Drouhin Pommard, $40

Rich and deep on the nose with a floral top note accenting the wild black cherry skin aromas that are framed with hints of leather and talc. Silky in the mouth with a lovely balsamic edge to the bright black cherry fruit. The tannins are fairly abundant here, lending an astringent undertone to the fruit, literally feels like something that is going to be rough in the mouth but yet isn’t quite. 89pts

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