The Drouhin Laroze Gevrey comes from 8 separate parcels across 4 ha and thus is a wonderfully complete example of the village’s wines. Now four year’s old this is unfurling to reveal dark juicy berry aromas, with earthy hints of chocolate. In the palate this is a very rounded wine, with ripe Pinot Noir flavours, supple tannins and a focused, intense finish.
Here too there is just enough wood to notice on the ripe and fresh nose that evidences notes of dark currant, earth and discreet game nuances. There is fine detail to the delineated and stony middle weight flavors that possess good richness on the fleshy if mildly edgy finish. As with several wines in the range there is quite a bit of gas present that is probably responsible for the edginess and my range takes this into account. Drinking 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.
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.