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Grand Cru Burgundy: Drouhin-Laroze visit

October 15, 2018

What a pleasure to taste all these Grand Crus from barrel in 2017 vintage with Caroline Drouhin who has recently taken over from her father… The wines were incredibly mineral, feminine, respecting the terroir, super sappy taste with an incredible concentration, “tout en finesse” and very elegant… From the Gevrey Village, to the Chambertin’s Grand Cru’s!!


Tasting of 2017 from barrel:

2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin en Champs
50 years old vines…Delicious, ripe black fruit, sous-bois… Silky tannin, nice concentration, black cherries, very fresh. (91 points)

2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricières-Chambertin
Superb nose of roasted cherries, wood spices… Very nice ripe tannin, sappy ripe strawberries, delicious spicyness! (94 points)

2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chapelle-Chambertin
Terroir calcaire… Nose of fresh red fruit, floral… Very fresh, mineral, red cherries, very complex and silky! (92 points)

2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
Nice nose of ripe red and black cherries, hint of vanilla… Loads of very fine and refined tannin, red cherries, super delicious!! (95 points)

2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Musigny
Floral nose, red cherries, hint of smoke, vanilla… WHAOUW, very delicate, very very silky tannin, red fruit, very feminine, 30 sec finish!! (97 points)

Tasting of 2015 & 2016 from bottle:

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin
Delicious nose, lactic, hint of vanilla…. Very nice “petits fruits rouges” sappy acidity, super refined tannin, delicious! (93 points)

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Au Closeau
Complex nose, black cherries, mineral, light vanilla, characoal… Loads of very ripe tannin, very sappy but still elegant and accessible, hint of menthol, nice freshness. (96 points)

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut St. Jacques
Vineyard has fresh wind from the combe of Lavaux… Nose of peper, very oriental spicy, black cherries… Very fruity taste, nice freshness, no tannin, more feminine taste, black fruit. (94 points)

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chapelle-Chambertin
Huge nose of flowers, rose petal, red fruit, pain d’épices… Very mineral combined with concentrated fruit, loads of cherries, lenght of 45 sec, delicious! BRAVO! (97 points)

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mares
Nose of black cherries jam, très gourmand, speculoos, oriental spices… Very nice freshness, finesse, hint of small red fruit, très gourmand et chaleureux, 30 seconds finish. (96 points)

2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
Nose of sous-bois, black cherries, compact and mineral… Very mineral taste, red berries, loads of super silky tannin, lenght of 45 sec!! (95 points)

2015 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
Delicious nose of ripe cherries, quite spicy… super silky tannin, delicious ripe red cherries, lenght of 45 seconds, great great wine!! (97 points)




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