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Burgundy 2021 En Primeur: Domaine Drouhin-Laroze


Drouhin-Laroze is a 'blue-chip' domaine in Gevrey-Chambertin, with all the right credentials.  We have been building-up our allocations here over the last few years and are regular visitors.  With the small harvest in 2021, we offer just three wines this year, but they all capture the classic syle of both the Côte-de-Nuits and Gevrey, and at an excellent price.

This is a small but wealthy family affair.  Over fifty percent of their vineyards are grand cru-rated.  Considering the prices the top vineyard land commands in the region, domaines like this may become an anomaly in years to come, as they become targets for luxury brand owners to add to their portfolios. It's well-worth appreciating and collecting their wines while you can!

Happily, for the foreseeable, the family is very much hands-on.  Nicolas Drouhin took over winemaking from his father Philippe a few years ago and was promptly named winemaker of the year.  Together with his sister Caroline, they produce wines from four premiers crus and six grands cru.  Their top wines routinely receive accolades from Neal Martin. They also produce wines under the 'Laroze de Drouhin' label, from fruits bought from friends in the area. 

Although the style of the 2021 wines reflected the vintage, it was also very typical of Dourhin-Laroze, with plenty of dark fruit and a polished feel to the tannins.  There is nothing rustic here and words like finesse, elegance and refinement crop up in our notes.  Yields were as low as 30% of a usual harvest on some plots. 

You may remember that we offered a parcel of library 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir (from the domaine's library stock) earlier this year and the 2021 has lots in common with it, redolent of classic Côte de Nuits in its elegance.  The two Gevrey lieux-dits are in a similar style and we were particularly impressed with the 'Dix Climats', as was Jasper Morris MW, awarding it an impressive 90-92 points, although the 'En Champs' will ultimately prove to be the finer wine, with some time in bottle.  Both Gevrey's will be perfect to enjoy from around 2 years from landing, and over the following five years.

Offered en primeur, landing Autumn 2023.

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