Vintage 2019 - Burghound.com - Allen Meadows
Philippe Drouhin's children, Caroline and Nicolas, now both work at the domaine full-time and are increasingly assuming full responsibility for the wines. I met this trip with Caroline, who described the 2019 vintage as one where "quantities were down from 2018 but the quality is perhaps even better. We picked from the 16th to the 22nd of September and the fruit was pretty much spotless with very little sorting necessary.
I used roughly 25 to 30% whole clusters for most wines during the vinifications though some had none and a few had 50% and the Très Girard had 100%. Otherwise, there isn't much to report as we had no problems and the wines are coming along nicely as they seem to get better by the month. » See also the wines from Maison Laroze de Drouhin below. (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, CA, Terlato Wines International, IL, USA; The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, FINE+RARE Wines Ltd, www.frw.co.uk, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Decorum Vintners, www.decvin.com, Averys Fine Wine Merchants, www.averys.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Cru World Wine, www.uk.cruworldwine.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Anthony Sarjeant, firstname.lastname@example.org and Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, all UK; Watson's Wines, 852.2606.8828, www.watsonswine.com, Hong Kong; Domaine Wine Cellars, www.domaine.com.tw, Taiwan).
2019 - Morey-Saint-Denis Très
« Très Girard »
a .18 ha parcel planted in 1946; vinified with 100% whole clusters). An overtly
floral and spice-inflected nose reveals mostly dark berry fruit aromas that are
trimmed in discreet oak. The sleek and nicely intense middle weight flavors
possess both good detail and focus on the sneaky long and delicious finale.
This has enough structure to suggest 5 to 8 years of aging potential though it
could also be enjoyed young.
A brooding and more densely fruited nose is comprised mostly by notes of backed plum, black cherry and plenty of earth influence. There is excellent punch to the well-detailed middle weight flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the notably more complex and persistent finish.
« Sans Soufre »
(from Croix de Champs; 50% whole clusters, one barrel made). A mildly funky nose but not so much as to completely mask the early and sauvage suffused dark berry fruit nose. The rich, round and quite supple flavors are caressing and surprisingly forward before concluding in a rustic finale. The nose will probably clean up but with no sulfur wines, one never knows for sure.
2019 - Gevrey-Chambertin
« Dix Climats »
Climats" means 10 vineyards). 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.
2019 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
a parcel measuring .26 ha planted in 1943 and 1953; vinified with 25% whole
clusters). A mentholated top note can be found on the piqueur-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.
2019 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru
« Au Closeau »
producer of this tiny .53ha vineyard and owns 83% of it,
or .44ha; from
vines planted in 1943; vinified with 25% whole clusters). 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
of lift and texture to the delicious, refreshing and solidly persistent finish. This should drink well
2018 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
« Clos Prieur »
a parcel of .30 ha that was planted in 1954 though a section was replanted in
2003; vinified with 25% whole clusters). More prominent wood frames the
liqueur-like aromas of cassis and spice that are also relatively floral I
character. The is better density to the slightly sleeker medium-bodied flavors
that possess lovely detail on the lightly mineral suffused finish.
2019 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1 er Cru
« Lavaut-Saint-Jacques »
a .3 ha parcel of vines planted in 1943). More discreet though by no means
imperceptible wood sets off the cool black berry, sauvage and
violet-scented nose. There is better volume to the more muscular and intense
flavors that possess very good size and weight. This ripe but refreshing effort
is a relatively generously proportioned LSJ that should repay a decade plus of
2019 - Chambolle-Musigny
(a mix of parcels of .18 ha in Les Baudes and .04 ha from the villages portion of Les Véroilles; vinified with 25% whole clusters). Here too there is reduction and this case it's enough to mask the underlying fruit. By contrast there is excellent freshness and vibrancy to the medium-bodied and tautly muscular flavors that possess a subtle minerality on the lingering finish that could use more depth. Still, this is both pretty and promising.
a .52 ha parcel in En La Chapelle; vinified with 25% whole clusters). A restained but
ripe nose offers up notes of various dark berries, rose petal and anise
nuances, all of which is trimmed in a deft touch of wood. The caressing and
quite rounded middle weight plus flavors possess good volume but not the depth
I'm used to seeing from this succulent wine on the otherwise nicely persistent
a .67 ha parcel of extremely old vines; vinified with 25% whole clusters). Once
again there is a plenitude of floral nuances to the aromas of both red and dark
cherry, pungent earth and a similar dollop of wood. There id
unusually good richness for Latricières if perhaps less minerality non the
youthfully austere bitter cherry pit inflected finish that, like the Chapelle,
isn't especially complex.
2019 - Bonnes Mares
a 1.5 ha parcel that is almost entirely in the terres rouges section; vinified with 25% whole
clusters). An even more floral-suffused nose displays an array of poached plum,
black cherry liqueur, earth and moderate wood influence. There is a lovely
sense of vibrancy if not the same mid-palate density to the medium-bodied
flavors that deliver excellent length and better depth on the balanced finale.
2019- Clos de Vougeot
a superbly situated 1 ha parcel high on the hill). More subdued oak more easily
allows the aromas spice, pungent earth and dark currant to be appreciated. The
sleek, vibrant and attractively textured medium weight flavors exhibit solid
complexity and sneaky good length on the youthfully austere and mildly rustic
2019- Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
a parcel of 1.5 ha of vines planted in 1949; vinified with 30% whole clusters).
An exuberantly spicy nose is composed by notes of cassis, baked plum ans
violet. There is fine richness with more size, weight and evident power to the
succulent, sleek and saline flavors that flash fine depth and persistence on
the quite firmly structured finale. Good development potential here.
(from a .12 ha parcel; vinified with 30% whole clusters). A brooding and deeply pitched nose is comprised almost exclusively of cassis, plum, sandalwood and spice aromas. There is even better volume and richness to the velvet-textured middle weight plus flavors that brim with both dry extract and minerality while delivering excellent length on the moderately austere and built-to-age finish. This too should reward extended cellaring.
LAROZE DE DROUHIN
Caroline directs this small négociant operation called Laroze de
Drouhin. This is obviously a play on words to suggest The Rose of Drouhin. She
buys in fruit rather than must and her first vintage was 2007. Please see the domaine summary above for general vintage
& Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Averys Fine Wine Merchants, www.averys.com,
Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, and Anthony Sarjeant, email@example.com, all
2019 - Bourgogne Pinot Noir
« Cote d'Or »
with ~30% whole clusters). A ripe and pretty nose features notes of violet,
plum and earth nuances that are picked up by the nicely detailed and vibrant
flavors that conclude in a lingering and slightly rustic finale. This delicious
effort should drink well shortly after release.
2019 - Fixin
(80% from En Coton; vinified with ~30% whole clusters). A discreet dollop of wood sets off riper yet still cool aromas of plum liqueur, cassis and newly turned earth. The succulent and rounded medium weight flavors possess good volume that carries over to the refreshing finish. This isn't refined but it is attractive for its level.