A highly successful Chapelle Chambertin, packed full of chunky, bold, black cherry and bramble fruit with a hint of raspberry. Loaded with bright but dense fruit with an undergrowth complexity. Thick-set but so velvety and sumptuous.
Drouhin-Laroze is a great domaine re-born. Set up in 1919 when Suzanne, the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Laroze, married Alexandre Drouhin. Her father’s Gevrey-Chambertin and her husband’s Chambolle-Musigny estates were united to form Drouhin-Laroze, a domaine that has been exploiting the Côte de Nuits’ best vineyards ever since. After sharing the winemaking with his father in 2000, Philippe Drouhin took full control of the vineyard and winery from the 2001 vintage, beginning the re-incarnation of this great Burgundian domaine. Now with the emergence of Philippe's son and daughter, who now take an active part in running the Domaine, the estate's future looks secured.
One of the 8 Grands Crus of the Gevrey Chambertin commune spanning 5.39ha. The vineyard is found on the way to Morey St Denis from Gevrey below the Route des Grands Crus lower than le Chambertin, on same level as Charmes and Griotte-Chambertin. The wines of Chapelle can be very good and ageworthy, they are often bold, muscular wines sometimes to the point of extreme austerity but the best examples show sufficiently polished fruit to flesh out their structure.