Joseph Drouhin

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Joseph Drouhin: The Importance

 Founded 130 years ago and still family owned, Joseph Drouhin is one of the most important domaines in Burgundy. In the words of John Gilman, “[there has been an] emphasis on elegance and terroir at this domaine since its inception”. On tasting the 2014 vintage, Burgundy authority Allen Meadows wrote “I was extremely impressed by the quality of the Drouhin reds… these are wines to make a special effort to find and cellar.”

 

The estate consists of 35 hectares across 90 appellations in Burgundy and is largely located in the Côtes de Nuits and Côte Chalonnaise. 90% of Drouhin’s holdings are Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. The estate also owns Clos des Mouches, a historic vineyard in the Cote de Beaune with a notable claim to fame: the 1973 Clos des Mouches place fifth in the historic “Judgement of Paris”. Outside France, Joseph Drouhin also owns Domaine Drouhin, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

 

Joseph Drouhin: The Insight

 The white wines are the most consistent jewels in the Drouhin crown and chief amongst them is the iconic Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche, a wine which the family has been cultivating on behalf of the Laguiche family since 1947. Their Chablis is also a go-to for those in the know, with Wine Doctor Chris Kissack commenting “Drouhin has been, for decades, a reliable source of Chablis”.

 

However their reds are not to be overlooked, especially the Muisgny, which Allen Meadows has previously called ‘zen-like’, and of which John Gilman wrote “I have a hard time thinking of a top red Burgundy over the last forty years that has been more consistently successful than the Joseph Drouhin Musigny. Certainly there are a number of other top grand crus that have equally impressive track records for aging, but none that surpass this wine.” Indeed, of Drouhin’s top-scorers, the most consistent performer is the Musigny, with vintages such as the 2005, 2009 and 2012 all receiving excellent scores of 96 points upwards.

 

The Drouhin style can be said to be very fruit-driven: they are confident in the quality of their raw materials and like to let these take the front seat in their wines, with a focus on minimal intervention in the winery. In recent years they have incorporated increasing numbers of large casks into the fermentation and ageing process, allying themselves with a number of Burgundian producers who believe that this leads to a less-pronounced Oak feel, allowing the original terroir to shine through.

 

This is also achieved by relatively early bottling compared to many other Burgundian domaines. John Gilman explained the effect of this in several statistics: “As most readers already are aware, the traditional Burgundian barrel is 228 liters in volume. To give just a few examples of how the Drouhins are utilizing larger casks for certain wines, the lovely Pouilly-Vinzelles is half raised in 600 liter casks now, the Chablis “Vaudésir” is raised in 350 liter barrels, and the Chablis “Bougros” is also raised in 600 liter casks.”

 

Their Oregon wines are also not to be overlooked. The U.S. branch’s top cuvee is the Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Louise, which has been consistently well scored by Robert Parker and has previously led him to comment: “Domaine Drouhin has been on a roll since the 2002 vintage. Dare I say it, the winery seems to be making better wine in Oregon than they are in France.” While we can’t say we agree on the assessment of the French wines, it is certainly an indication of the quality of Drouhin’s American project.

 

Joseph Drouhin: The Background

Joseph Drouhin founded the domaine in 1880, passing the reigns to his son Maurice in 1918. It was Maurice who bought the first vineyards, including Clos de Mouches. Maurice was an active member of Beaune’s winemaking landscape, sitting on the INAO committee and working for the Hospices of Beaune for a significant proportion of the 20th century. He was succeeded by his nephew Robert Jeausset-Drouhin in 1957. As of 2017, the team included Robert and his four children: Frederic, Laurent, Veronique and Phillippe.

 

The family first went stateside in the late 1980s, transporting their century of experience from the slopes of Beaune to the Dundee Hills of Oregon, with great success.

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2016 Beaujolais Villages Drouhin; Joseph Beaujolais

2016 Beaujolais Villages Beaujolais

£135.00
£135.00

2017 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Burgundy

£839.00
£839.00
£420.00

2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Burgundy

£1,069.00
£1,069.00
£534.00

2017 Chablis Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Chablis Burgundy

£174.00
£174.00
£18.00

2017 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts Burgundy

£3,487.00
£1,742.00

2017 Clos Vougeot Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

£2,353.00
£1,176.00

2017 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£5,952.00
£2,975.00

2017 Chambolle Musigny Les Baudes Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Chambolle Musigny Les Baudes Burgundy

£970.00
£485.00

2017 Chambertin Clos de Beze Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£4,501.00
£2,249.00
£375.00

2017 Mazis Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Mazis Chambertin Burgundy

£3,086.00
£1,543.00

2017 Griotte Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Griotte Chambertin Burgundy

£5,952.00
£2,975.00

2017 Macon Bussieres le Clos Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Macon Bussieres le Clos Burgundy

£115.00
£115.00

2017 Grands Echezeaux Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Grands Echezeaux Burgundy

£4,257.00
£2,129.00
£355.00

2017 Meursault Les Perrieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Meursault Les Perrieres Burgundy

£914.00
£914.00

2017 Meursault Genevrieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Meursault Genevrieres Burgundy

£1,126.00
£1,126.00

2017 Clos St Denis Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Clos St Denis Burgundy

£1,736.00
£147.00

2017 Corton Bressandes Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Corton Bressandes Burgundy

£1,736.00
£147.00

2017 Charmes Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£1,930.00
£1,930.00

2017 Echezeaux Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Echezeaux Burgundy

£2,317.00
£195.00

2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Burgundy

£839.00
£839.00

2017 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2017 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Burgundy

£1,031.00
£515.00
£88.00

2016 Clos St Denis Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Clos St Denis Burgundy

£1,436.00
£1,436.00
£717.00
£122.00

2016 Griotte Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

91.0

2016 Griotte Chambertin Burgundy

91.0
£5,277.00
£1,320.00
£440.00

2016 Mazis Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Mazis Chambertin Burgundy

£3,758.00
£1,880.00

2016 Clos de la Roche Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£1,643.00
£1,643.00
£824.00
£412.00
£139.00

2016 Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

94.0

2016 Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy

94.0
£5,980.00
£5,980.00
£2,989.00
£498.00

2016 Clos Vougeot Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

94.0

2016 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

94.0
£1,896.00
£949.00

2016 Charmes Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£2,096.00
£1,049.00
£176.00

2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Burgundy

£778.00
£778.00
£387.00
£67.00

2016 Chablis Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chablis Burgundy

£183.00
£18.00

2016 Corton Charlemagne Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

92.0

2016 Corton Charlemagne Burgundy

92.0
£1,501.00
£1,501.00
£749.00
£127.00
Duty Paid £127.00

2016 Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy

£951.00
£476.00

2016 Chablis Bougros Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chablis Bougros Burgundy

£535.00
£535.00
£268.00
£48.00

2016 Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir Burgundy

£190.00
£195.00
£19.00

2016 Chablis Vaudesir Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chablis Vaudesir Burgundy

£535.00
£535.00
£268.00

2016 Chablis Vaillons Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chablis Vaillons Burgundy

£298.00
£298.00

2016 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

94.0

2016 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

94.0
£6,416.00
£3,207.00
£1,604.00
£535.00

2016 Chambertin Clos de Beze Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£3,819.00
£3,819.00

2016 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts Burgundy

£4,451.00
£4,451.00
£1,113.00
£371.00

2016 Musigny Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Musigny Burgundy

£13,312.00
£1,109.00
Duty Paid £1,109.00

2016 Meursault Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Meursault Burgundy

£377.00
£377.00

2016 Nuits St Georges Les Proces Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Nuits St Georges Les Proces Burgundy

£764.00
£764.00

2016 St Veran Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 St Veran Burgundy

£128.00
£128.00

2016 Meursault Les Perrieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Meursault Les Perrieres Burgundy

£853.00
£427.00

2016 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Burgundy

£860.00
£430.00

2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

£628.00
£55.00

2016 Rully Rouge Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Rully Rouge Burgundy

£180.00
£184.00

2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Burgundy

£1,095.00
£547.00
£1,095.00
£94.00
£184.00

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

97.0

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

97.0
£6,335.00
£3,166.00

2015 Bonnes Mares Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

96.0

2015 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

96.0
£6,351.00
£3,174.00

2015 Gevrey Chambertin Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy

£539.00
£539.00

2015 Cotes de Beaune Villages Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Cotes de Beaune Villages Burgundy

£223.00
£223.00

2015 Cotes de Beaune Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

89.0

2015 Cotes de Beaune Burgundy

89.0
£338.00
£338.00

2015 Chorey Les Beaune Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

86.0

2015 Chorey Les Beaune Burgundy

86.0
£247.00
£247.00

2015 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

95.0

2015 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

95.0
£4,989.00
£4,989.00

2015 Le Corton Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Le Corton Burgundy

£1,780.00
£1,780.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Proces Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Proces Burgundy

£578.00
£578.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

88.0

2015 Nuits St Georges Burgundy

88.0
£526.00
£526.00

2015 Santenay Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Santenay Burgundy

£249.00
£249.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

88.0

2015 Vosne Romanee Burgundy

88.0
£801.00
£801.00

2015 Volnay Clos des Chenes Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Volnay Clos des Chenes Burgundy

£598.00
£598.00

2015 Batard Montrachet Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

£4,009.00
£4,009.00

2015 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Burgundy

£1,109.00
£1,109.00

2015 Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

93.0

2015 Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy

93.0
£4,950.00
£4,950.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

£794.00
£794.00

2015 Meursault Genevrieres Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

93.0

2015 Meursault Genevrieres Burgundy

93.0
£794.00
£794.00

2015 Clos de la Roche Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

2015 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£2,176.00
£1,089.00

2015 Grands Echezeaux Drouhin; Joseph Burgundy

95.0

2015 Grands Echezeaux Burgundy

95.0
£4,769.00
£2,385.00
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