A wine of great power but also great definition. This is a serious Bonnes Mares, that nonetheless has all the distinction and class so typical of Philippe's winemaking.
Noticeable but not overwhelming oak frames sweet and bright red and black fruit notes and it continues onto the fresh, powerful and quite rich full-bodied flavors that are also firmly structured but more in keeping with the depth and concentration. This is long but fairly toasty on the backend. 2011+
More vegetal and meaty on the nose. Lovely topnotes of mocha, too. Very rich, and some obviously thick skins, too. Needs lots of time. A real mouthful. Drink 2008-18
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.
Perched between Morey-St-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny in the heart of the Cotes de Nuits this Grand Cru appellation can balance the best characteristics of both. Bonnes Mares wines combine fragrance and femininity with body and power. A seductive combination indeed.