Deep, concentrated and much more reserved than the Clos de Bèze. Huge latent power here; velvety and dense but with sufficient vitality.
Ripe forest and hedgerow fruit, notes of undergrowth, cherry and rock salt overlaying a gripping but beautifully satin-textured structure.
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.
Le Musigny rates alongside the very best Grands Crus Pinot Noir vineyards in Burgundy. There are 10.7ha split between Musigny, Petits Musigny, and La Combe d'Orveau. The vineyard area lies between the bottom of the wood at the top of the hill and stretches down top the upper part of Clos Vougeot, the slope is steep and the soil is a well-drained limestone/chalk /clay composition. A classic Musigny displays a paradoxical mix of both elegance and raw power, it is commonly described as "An iron fist in a velvet glove." Often very surly and closed in its youth Musigny is nonetheless one of the most beguiling and ageworthy Burgundies money can buy. A massive 7 ha of the vineyard is owned by one of the arch exponents Domaine Comte de Vogüé, other fine examples are made by Leroy, Mugnier, Drouhin and Roumier