Founded in Beaune in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin's cellars have spread from the historical Cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France in Beaune (12th-18th centuries) to the Moulin de Vaudon, an 18th Century watermill in Chablis.
Today, the fourth generation is at the helm. Each has his role to play in imposing the Family "Charter of Excellence".
The Joseph Drouhin Domaine was assembled parcel by parcel over the years and comprises today 80 hectares (197.5 acres) of vineyards in Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis. It is one of the most important domains in Burgundy, with more than two thirds of the vineyards classified as Premier and Grand Crus.
With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations.
Site: between Moulin-à-Vent and Chiroubles, Fleurie is certainly one of the most celebrated of the ten Crus of Beaujolais. The Hospices de Belleville's Fleurie is produced on three parcels for a total surface of 6.56 ha (16 acres): "Vers le Mont", "Les Marrans" and "Les Grands Prés".
Because of its size, 6 ha (14 acres), "Vers le Mont", situated on the slopes of La Madone,
dominates the assemblage of these 3 plots.
History & Tradition: at the foot of the Chapel of the Black Virgin. The "Gobelet" pruning probably goes back to the Greek or Roman period.
In 2014, Maison Joseph Drouhin signed an exclusive partnership with the Hospices de Belleville, historical owner of 14 ha (34 acres) in the 3 crus of Fleurie, Brouilly and Morgon.
Soil: The soil is gore, poor, well-drained and very characteristic of the appellation.
Depending on the plot and the quality of the grapes, part of the harvest is de-stemmed for a "Burgundy style" vinification with punch downs and pump overs, whilst the rest is vinified as whole cluster with carbonic maceration. Slow fermentation lasts between 10 to 15 days. The wines which are vinified Burgundy style are aged in large "pieces", (500 liters), stainless steel tanks are reserved for the wines issued from carbonic maceration. The wines are then assembled into one unique "cuvée."
The wines which are vinified Burgundy style are aged in large "pieces", (500 liters), stainless steel tanks are reserved for the wines issued from carbonic maceration. The wines are then assembled into one unique "cuvée".
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Having a pretty ruby, violet color, the wine begins by expressing pretty floral notes of violet, rose, iris, with a typical peppery note which then evolves into red fruits. The flesh is smooth and silky with soft Tannins, like a caress, the finale is long fresh and persistent.
The wines offer a good maturity and a remarkable energy. They display a good acidity level as well as a mineral character.
Serving: Temperature: recommended for service between 16 and 18°C.
Cellaring: seductive in its youth, it will reveal all its complexity in the coming 6 years.
$4/2 oz. pour