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Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2005

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Gorgeous as soon as you pour it out of the bottle! I can't believe how complex and developed it already is at 3 years old! Very much like picking cherries off of the trees on a dusty back road while walking through the country (at least that's where it took me.) The muscularity and tannins in this big Pinot says this wine will last and last in this wonderful vintage. - Maggie's Staff PickThe Drouhin 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin displays aromas of black cherry, fennel, black tea, and singed roasted meats, comes onto the palate bright and invigorating and with more obvious structure and tannic “chew” to it than Drouhin’s other wines, and finishes with low-toned bitter suggestions and savory meatiness. These 2005s were bottled around two months earlier than usual, says Frederic Drouhin, to retain freshness. (Long-time oenologue Laurence Jobard, incidentally, was replaced this year by Jerome Faure-Brac.) As is always the case, fruit from a great many properties owned or accessed by Drouhin is declassified and blended out, leaving only selected terroirs as the subjects of single-site bottlings. (In 2004, for example, even the Beaune Clos des Mouches – due to hail – was declassified into lip-smacking, remarkably soothing Cote de Beaune.) This year’s collection radiates class from top to bottom. Even Drouhin’s ubiquitous, 25,000-case generic “Laforet” displays tender, ripe cherry fruit, a silky palate and iodine-like minerality.Wall Street Journal Pick

Joseph Drouhin:
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable ... Read more
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.   Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture.  Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance.  The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure.   Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents.  Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living. Read less

Gorgeous as soon as you pour it out of the bottle! I can't believe how complex and developed it already is at 3 years old! Very much like picking cherries off of the trees on a dusty back road while walking through the country (at least that's where it took me.) The muscularity and tannins in this big Pinot says this wine will last and last in this wonderful vintage. - Maggie's Staff PickThe Drouhin 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin displays aromas of black cherry, fennel, black tea, and singed roasted meats, comes onto the palate bright and invigorating and with more obvious structure and tannic “chew” to it than Drouhin’s other wines, and finishes with low-toned bitter suggestions and savory meatiness. These 2005s were bottled around two months earlier than usual, says Frederic Drouhin, to retain freshness. (Long-time oenologue Laurence Jobard, incidentally, was replaced this year by Jerome Faure-Brac.) As is always the case, fruit from a great many properties owned or accessed by Drouhin is declassified and blended out, leaving only selected terroirs as the subjects of single-site bottlings. (In 2004, for example, even the Beaune Clos des Mouches – due to hail – was declassified into lip-smacking, remarkably soothing Cote de Beaune.) This year’s collection radiates class from top to bottom. Even Drouhin’s ubiquitous, 25,000-case generic “Laforet” displays tender, ripe cherry fruit, a silky palate and iodine-like minerality.Wall Street Journal Pick

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