Today, I'm happy to offer a collection of my favorite 2016 Drouhin wines, complete with special mixed 3-pack pricing. I cannot think of a more fitting vintage than 2016 to capture the graceful and supremely balanced style Drouhin is so cherished for.
My first experience tasting Burgundy's most adored Premier Cru, Les Amoureuses, was at a small wine shop in Chassagne-Montrachet in 2012. For some reason it's one of the more vivid memories that's stuck with me from a year living in Beaune. A well known Canadian collector who splits his time between the US and Burgundy called me over to taste the highly anticipated release of Drouhin's 2010. I remember his incredibly strict declaration to me as I swirled: You can have all the money in the world to line your cellar with DRC, Leroy, and Rousseau, but if you pass on Drouhin's domaine holdings, you're a fool. Not surprisingly, the wine in the glass was one of the most memorable I had in Burgundy - there's something to be said for the openness and generosity of brand new releases. Pure, unadulterated fruit and maximum impact. The great vintages like 2010 and 2016 do not hold back in making their presence felt.
Drouhin's Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru is labeled as such because it comes from only 1.3 hectares of vines divided through the 1ers: Noirots, Hauts Doix, Borniques, Plantes, and Combottes. The tiny parcels are vinified together. Among secret cuvées in all of France I put this pretty high on my list. It always over-delivers, and late releases from the domaine clearly show its transformative capabilities through decades.
Drouhin's Vosne Romanée 1er Cru is sourced from Malconsorts, Les Petit Monts, and Chaumes (located below La Tâche). This a brand new cuvée and certainly rivals the Chambolle 1er that has been a standard bearer for decades under Drouhin. A trifecta of Vosne 1ers Cru vineyards if there was one!
Drouhin's Beaune 1er Cru Monopole Clos des Mouches Blanc and Rouge are two wines that transcend the reputation of its village more so than any other wines in Burgundy. Located at the southern end of Beaune next to Pommard, Clos des Mouches always surprises with the classic Drouhin elegance that marries with the more powerful style from this village. The track record of aging is unmatched in Beaune. Bottles of both whites and reds from the 80's are regularly standouts at Burgundy dinners filled with Grand Crus.
Véronique Drouhin's Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts is the ultimate insider Burgundy bottle. Sitting above Grand Cru Richebourg and next to fabled 1er Cru Cros Parantoux, this is case in point for illustrating how nothing beats top tier real estate in Vosne Romanée. This cuvée has been heightened in 2016 with the younger vines now going into the Vosne Romanée 1er Cru cuvée for the first time. Bottles of 1988 (available below) are among the freshest and profound red Burgundies I've been fortunate enough to drink.
Robert Drouhin was among the first in Burgundy to adopt "culture raisonnée" in the late 1950's, and today the domaine is fully organic and biodynamic in all owned vineyards. Grapes are de-stemmed and fermented with native yeasts. Gentle punchdowns are applied once per day for the first half of fermentation, with pumpovers utilized afterwards. Each Premier Cru featured today is aged in a modest 20% new French oak.
* Pre Arrival wines not listed on website *
12x 2016 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge (Domaine)
$129 per bottle.
12x 2016 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc (Domaine)
$174 per bottle.
12x 2016 Drouhin Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts (Domaine)
$399 per bottle.
Special E-mail Mixed 3-Pack: $651 (Regularly $702)
1x Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge
1x Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc
1x Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
2016 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru (Domaine)
$119 per bottle. (Pre-Arrival)
2016 Drouhin Vosne Romanée 1er Cru (Domaine)
$134 per bottle. (Pre-Arrival)
Also in stock:
1x 1988 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge (Domaine)
$338 per bottle.
2x 1988 Drouhin Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts (Domaine)
$699 per bottle.
1x 1993 Drouhin Bonnes Mares (Domaine)
$499 per bottle.
1x 1996 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge (Domaine)
$223 per bottle.
1x 1999 Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux (Domaine)
$442 per bottle.
1x 1999 Drouhin Griotte-Chambertin (Domaine)
$449 per bottle.
1x 2001 Drouhin Grands Echezeaux (Domaine)
$329 per bottle.
1x 2002 Drouhin Bonnes Mares (Domaine)
$549 per bottle.
1x 2010 Drouhin Chambertin-Clos de Beze
(50% Domaine fruit, complemented with purchased fruit from an adjacent parcel)
$517 per bottle.
4x 2010 Drouhin Musigny (Domaine)
$1,248 per bottle.
1x 2012 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 1.5L (Domaine)
$227 per bottle.
10x 2015 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru (Domaine)
$113 per bottle.
10x 2015 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge (Domaine)
$129 per bottle.
6x 2015 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses (Domaine)
$574 per bottle.