En Primeur | Domaine Drouhin-Laroze 2019

There can be few better examples of a Burgundian family run domaine than this fine 12 hectare estate. Founded in 1850, it is now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generations, parents Christine and Philippe and children, Caroline and Nicolas. They have an embarrassment of riches with their armoury of four premiers crus and six exceptional grands crus, culminating with plots of both Clos de Bèze and Le Musigny. They boast one of the finest two storey cellars in the Côte d’Or, built by members of the Prussian military on their way back from the Hundred Years War, with ideal conditions for Philippe’s preferred two year élevage in cask.

Caroline is hugely excited by their 2019s. At harvest time her father described the grapes as “crazy”: never before in 45 vintages had he seen such perfectly formed grapes, not too big and not too small! The secret during harvest was the handling of the fruit; as temperatures rose it was vital to keep the bunches cool and preserve both fruit flavour and freshness. They have done this as well as any domaine in the Côte and the result is a superb selection.

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Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Craipillots Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 4 £315.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    The name Craipillots refers to this vineyard’s stony soils. Its wines are often characterised by a bright lively freshness, with mineral integrity and very true Pinot Noir flavours.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 86-88

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Craipillot 1er Cru includes 30% whole bunch and is matured in 50–60% new oak. It has a well-defined, quite floral bouquet, mainly red fruit with a light ash-like aroma developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, moderate depth and a sweet, slightly chocolaty finish that feels weighed down by the new oak at the moment. Drink 2023 - 2032

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    A mentholated top note can be found on the liqueur-like aromas of plum, black pinot and soft hints of earth and violet. The succulent, round and delicious flavors are not especially concentrated, though neither are they dilute, while displaying enough depth and persistence to be interesting on the mildly austere finale. Drink: 2025+

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    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    30% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 60% new wood. Mid-red purple. A cool site. Certainly the nose is fresher than Closeau. Still rich enough in a sweet raspberry and strawberry style, some minerals behind which help to extend the finish. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin En Champs Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 8 £250.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This is a fine vineyard, with its 60 year old vines sitting just below the Premier Cru Champeaux on the northern edge of the village. Full of juicy rich fruit, this is wonderfully flavoursome with dark berries and hints of coffee and smoky spice. A little more energetic than the Dix Climats, with a touch of mineral edge and drive. Great length and plenty of life.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs is very closed on the nose, touches of rose petal infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, cumin and cracked black pepper notes. There is plenty of energy and I admire the cohesion and concentration on the finish. Give this 24 months to open once in bottle. Drink 2023 - 2035

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    30% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 40% new wood. Deep purple, a soft but charming nose with surprising depth of fruit behind, a few blackberries with dark raspberry and then a fresher finish with more red fruit notes.

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Au Closeau Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 1 £315.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This tiny Premier Cru, just 0.5 hectares, sits just below the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin. The family have almost the monopoly of the vineyard hence they are the only ones in the village who produce a wine with its name on the label. A high quality rarity.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Au Closeau 1er Cru has a fresh red berry nose laced with orange blossom and light marmalade notes. The fresh palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, crunchy black fruit and quite a lot of wood tannins on the finish. They will become more enmeshed once racked. Fine. Drink 2024 - 2036

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    An expressive and overtly floral nose speaks of both red and dark currant along with touch of earth and humus. Much like the Craipillot, this is not particularly dense though I like both the sense of lift and texture to the delicious, refreshing and solidly persistent finish. This should drink well young. Drink: 2024+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 89-91

    50% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 60% new wood. Vigorous old vines on deep clay so they do a green harvest and another thinning at véraison. Brisk purple with an almost raisiny richness, which has not gone too far, some tannins behind, not quite in harmony. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Dix Climats Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 10+ £210.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    4 hectares of village Gevrey Chambertin in ten different locations is a sizeable parcel and, as a result, this cuvée is always a classic example of the appellation. Full of characterful summer pudding aromas, this is richly generous, with a striking volume of fruit. Typically structured with its firm tannins and uplifting freshness on the finish. So much more than just a simple village wine.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 85-87

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin "Dix Climats" is a blend of 10 different terroirs that I will not list here. it has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and briary scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, more red than black fruit and touches of desiccated orange peel and a light brush of cocoa from the 40% new oak on the finish. I might have reduced that level in this year. Drink 2023 - 2030

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 87-89

    A background trace of reduction isn't enough to completely overshadow the aromas of black pinot fruit, plum liqueur and humus. The sleeker and most vibrant flavors are also relatively forward though there is enough structure to suggest that 4 to 6 years should see this at its peak. Drink: 2024+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 88-91

    30% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 40% new wood. I thought there might be a whiff of oxidation here, but in fact I suspect it is a residue of tasting the sans souffre cuvée since this is clearly fresh on the palate, even with a slightly stern finish from the stems, cherries with a savoury edge, and good length. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 1 £335.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This Premier Cru owes its name to the Prior of the Abbaye de Cluny. The monastery historically owned all the great Gevrey Chambertin vineyards. The high proportion of clay was a major benefit during the drier summer months this year and creates a wine with some brooding power. Wild savoury fruit aromas, with a smattering of mocha and spice. A tightly structured wine, with a firm grip of fruit. Great intensity and lots of staying power.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru has good intensity on the nose of fresh red berry fruit, the oak here nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied, with orange sorbet and Chinese five-spice infusing the black fruit. There is good depth and tension and quite an elegant yet structured finish. This is a fine Clos Prieur, even if it is not the best that I encountered during my Burgundy tastings. Give it 3–5 years in bottle. Drink 2024 - 2038

  • BURG1

    Burghound, April 2021,
    Score: 92

    Here the pretty and fresh fruit derives more from the red side of the spectrum and is laced with plenty of spice, forest floor and violet whiffs. The sleek, intense and beautifully delineated middle weight flavors possess focused power and a subtle bead of minerality on the balanced, youthfully austere and sneaky long finish. This is also lovely and is pretty much textbook Clos Prieur. Outstanding. Drink 2031+

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-92

    More prominent wood frames the liqueur-like aromas of cassis and spice that are also relatively floral in character. The is better density to the slightly sleeker medium-bodied flavors that possess lovely detail on the lightly mineral suffused finish. Drink: 2025+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    30% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 60% new wood. Darker crimson and with a little bit of toast. Perhaps some salted caramel too. Dark red fruit behind with the sweeter finish of the vintage, a little less acidity than some. 3 Star

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