A fraternal twin to King Chambertin, Clos de Bèze is somewhat larger and farther up the slope where the soil is slightly shallower. It has been said that this lack of soil imparts a more elegant and feminine feel. This can be hard to tell with Philippe's version, but in 2006 he has produced apretty, silky and refined Clos de Bèze. It finishes long, focused and pure. Quietly confident. Drink 2012 - 2024+.
(from a parcel of 1.5 ha of vines planted in 1949). As one would expect, this isconsiderably more refined if not necessarily more complex with a layered and wonderfully nuanced nose of clove, anise and crushed pepper adding interest to the mostly red berry fruits that display bass notes of earth, game and underbrush. The bigboned flavors are mouth coating and dusty but avoid any sense of underlying dryness on the classy, serious and hugely long finish. A beast but a well-mannered one. (91-94) 2018+
Very sweet and gentle and utterly beguiling. Great clarity and richness to boot. Lots of structure though so don't rush! Drink 2013 - 2020.
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.
Gevrey-Chambertin has more Grand Crus than any other appellation in Burgundy. Unusually wines from Clos de Beze may simply call themselves Chambertin, which is an indicator of the quality of these vineyards. One of the most complete of all the Grand Crus, rivalling the revered Romanee-Conti, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze wines are the pinnacle of Pinot Noir - fragrant, powerfully complex and intense.