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Burghound, April 2013,
A complex and relatively elegant nose offers up notes of red currant, raspberry, black cherry and a hint of anise. There is a supple and markedly silky texture to the mid-palate thanks to the notably fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a linear and moderately austere finish. While certainly very pretty, this doesn't seem to be at its usual level of excellence. Drink: 2018+
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Since 1880 Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of finesse and elegance. A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterises Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management; on site nursery, ploughing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and ageing in oak. As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune and the quality of its vineyards, the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification. Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.
The viticultural capital of Burgundy, Beaune was the headquarters to the Duchy in the 13th century and is now home to many winemakers and négociants. The appellation of Beaune includes both reds and white wines, though the quantity of red is significantly greater. The soils are predominantly sandier than either those to the north in Aloxe Corton or those to the south in Volnay or Pommard, producing wines that are supple and early drinking in nature. Similar to other surrounding Côte de Beaune appellations, there are no grand crus, but it does offer 42 premier cru sites, some of which are exceptional. These include Les Grèves, Les Teurons and Les Vignes Franches.