With only 3 proprietors marketing this 1er Cru, it is relatively unknown. Close to the village, it is a classical Gevrey in that it has brooding wild berry fruit flavours and firm tannic structure. Consistently reliable, it deserves greater recognition than it currently receives.
The wood influence is more obvious though not enough to dominate the cool but ripe red and blue pinot fruit that is liberally laced with earth and underbrush nuances. There is good richness to the solidly wellconcentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess good punch but terminates with noticeable dryness. Whether this is due to the presence of a considerable amount of gas or the significant wood treatment is hard to discern. (87-90?)/2019+
Liqueur-like nose. Then very harsh on the palate. Did they by any chance add acidity? Hope not but the whole seems out of balance. Decidedly uncharming. Drink 2016-2024
This substantial Gevrey Chambertin domaine is under the guardianship of a collaborative family team: Philippe Drouhin is ably assisted by son and daughter Nicolas and Caroline. First established in 1850, the domaine has major holdings in Gevrey Chambertin, as well as an impressive array of the Côte de Nuits’s grands crus, stretching from Gevrey down through Chambolle Musginy and into Vougeot. Recent investment at the domaine’s barrel hall will continue to drive quality at Drouhin Laroze. Their style falls somewhere between a modernist and a traditionalist. The wines are ripe, concentrated, and often earthy and textured. They offer terrific value, particularly in Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru.
The greatest village in terms of notable grand cru vineyards, Gevrey Chambertin has no less than 9 of them including its most famous Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, and includes a premier cru vineyard that many people deem grand cru in quality - Clos St. Jacques. It encompasses approximately 400 hectares under vine also making it the largest top quality vineyard area in the Côte de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin has many followers who seek out its deeply coloured, robust and textured wines. They are often firmer than the neighbouring appellations of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée and can take several years to soften once released. Due to its size and reputation, the list of excellent producers is noteworthy and many are worth seeking out.