2011 Meursault Les Perrieres Joseph Drouhin

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



Strong reduction and plenty of sulfur make for a difficult nose at present. However there is terrific energy and an abundance of minerality to the very fresh middle weight flavors that possess excellent delineation on the delicious and surprisingly powerful finish that delivers outstanding length. This should be superb in time. Tasted: Jun 11, 2013. Drink: 2018+



The 2011 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres, incidentally one of the first that Drouhin picks, has a pleasant nose with subtle notes of honeysuckle and quince that open nicely in the glass. The palate is finely balanced with good volume, though it needs to express more terroir on the finish. There is a pleasant lemongrass-tinged aftertaste though, and it should reward cellaring. Drink 2015-2025. ||It is always a pleasure to meet Veronique Drouhin, although this was actually the first time that I had visited their winery on the southern fringe of Beaune. “All the estate has been under biodynamic practices since the mid-1990s (including Chablis) and organic since 1988,” she said to me as we commenced the tasting. “We have been ECOCERT certified since 2009.” I asked her what tangible difference biodynamics have made. “The estate wines have a lot of depth and energy but what is really better is the pH,” she said. She also cited the arrival of head winemaker Jerome Faure-Brac in 2005 as another reason for the improvement in quality. Now their approach is for no compromise on the fruit and to exact precise viticulture for each vineyard. Veronique told me that their entry level Laforet aims to encapsulate the whole picture of Bourgogne. “We know the wine is consumed young so it is not heavily extracted,” she told me. “We look for a lovely fruity, round, elegant Bourgogne. You know, it is easier to make an Amoureuses than a Burgundy Rouge because of the quantity. It is aged in older barrels and it is bottled sooner than in the past.” eRobertParker.com.August, 2013

Founded 130 years ago and still family owned, Joseph Drouhin is one of the most important domaines in Burgundy. With vineyards covering close to 90 different appellations, Drouhin is passionate about using a biodynamic approach to produce top quality terroir-driven wines. From the 2009 vintage onward, their entire Burgundy holdings have the ECOCERT organic certification.The Drouhins favour a light-touch with their winemaking, letting the fruit do the talking. Their wines are bottled earlier than most producers in the region in keeping with their desire for fruit forward wines.

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