Fixin, 2015

  Laroze de Drouhin

Fixin

Deep coloured and brim full of velvety, juicy, dark bramble fruit. All of the character and chunky fruit that Fixin at its best can
give but without the heaviness. Six barrels of this are made from two parcels, harvested by Caroline and Nicolas Drouhin’s team.
Ageing is in 20% new oak barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Laroze de Drouhin

Drouhin-Laroze's new project is Laroze de Drouhin range managed by Philippe sons and daughter. The aim is to have contracts with growers in some of the commune’s top vineyard sites that will compliment their extensive domaine holdings. Production will be small and just as quality focused as that of the domaine. The Drouhins will have control of the vineyard, picking dates but will effectively “buy” the grapes from each vintage, to be fermented, aged and bottled by them. An excellent debut.

Appellation: Fixin

A village just north of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits producing red wines. The wines of Fixin are similar in style to those of its neighbour - sturdy, muscular red burgundies with perhaps a bit more rusticity and less complexity, though having said that the best examples of Fixin can be infinitely superior to some of the lesser Gevreys. There are five premier cru vineyards: Les Arvelets and Les Hervelets, Clos de la Perrière, Clos Napoléon, and Clos du Chapître. There was a time, centuries ago, when Fixin's Clos de la Perrière was sold for the same price as Chambertin. Fixin has the potential to produce the best value red wines in Burgundy though a lack of good growers actually living in Fixin has meant this potential is not often realised. There is truth in the saying that the best Fixins are produced by growers based outside of the commune. Vosne's Meo-Camuzet and Gevrey's Denis Mortet are just two of many illustrious names making fine examples.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.