Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2005
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 Drouhins 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 years collection radiates class from top to bottom. Even Drouhins ubiquitous, 25,000-case generic Laforet displays tender, ripe cherry fruit, a silky palate and iodine-like minerality.Wall Street Journal Pick
DEDICATION TO THE DIVERSITY OF BURGUNDY With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations. A FAMILY HERITAGE 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.