(a mix of 80% Les Baudes and 20% from the villages portion of Les Véroilles). This is quite firmly reduced though again the underlying fruit seems ripe. There is good precision to the lacy but intense flavors that display ample minerality and a sleek muscularity, all wrapped in a firm, dusty and mildly austere finish. While technically a villages Chambolle this very definitely boxes at a 1er level. Drink 2021+
The 2013 Chambolle-Musigny Village, which comes mainly from the lieu-dit of "Les Baudes" and supplemented by fruit from "Les Véroilles", has a touch more fruit on the nose than the Morey Saint Denis Village at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, tart red cherry and raspberry fruit with a stony, rather austere finish. It does not have the chutzpah of the 2012 last year from barrel, although it should gain some flesh by the time of bottling. Drink: 2017 - 2025
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 wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.