St Aubin, 2014

  Joseph Drouhin

Contains Sulphites.

About Joseph Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin are a family own Domaines and Negociant who command the greatest respect of all the big Burgundy houses. Their knowledge of the land combined with their attention to details in the vineyards as well as their gentle wine making style results in very fine Burgundy that reflect its origin. Little use of new oak, gentle extraction and whole bunch fermentation according to the year or the cuvee are whole part of their belief that good burgundy can't be made by firm hand of the winemaker. The crown jewels in the Drouhin portfolio are without doubt the Domaine Marquis de Laguiche, which has the largest percentage of land in Le Montrachet (30%) of all the owners, and the Domaine Drouhin-owned Clos des Mouches. Drouhin have had exclusive control over the former estate, from cultivation to distribution, since 1947, while Clos des Mouches is one of those rare breeds in Burgundy, a monopole. Originally planted with Pinot Noir, almost half the vineyard was replanted with Chardonnay in 1921 by Maurice Drouhin.

Appellation: St-Aubin

A village in the Côte de Beaune tucked around the corner of the main Côte west of Chassagne. The appellation borders both Chassagne and Puligny, producing two-thirds red wine however the whites, though a little scarcer, are as highly thought of if not more so. A high proportion, two-thirds, of the vineyard area is designated premier cru, the most famous being En Remilly and Les Murgers Dents de Chien, these form part of a band of south west-facing vineyards between the borders of Chassagne, Pulginy and the hamlet of Gamay (which is also part of the St Aubin appellation.) The rest of the vineyards are south south east facing but are further up the valley where it is cooler. The reds are light but in good vintages offers lots of very seductive, pretty fruit, soft tannins and can be excellent value for money. The whites are described as bit like baby Chassagnes, they are medium bodied not as cmplex but offer an abundance of racy fruit, these can certainly be some of the best value whites in Burgundy.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.