A wine of quite some distinction, powerful, long, explosive even, one of 2006s most intense wines that exhibits cool blackberry and cherry fruit flavours, mixed with mineral and liquorice spice character. Extremely impressive.
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.
A Grand Cru in the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux village in the Côte de Nuits. It shares vineyard area in the commune with its much larger neighbour Échezeaux (37 ha) and also adjoins Clos de Vougeot. The quality of wines of the small 9 ha Grands Échezeaux are very often considered greater than those of its two larger neighbours. There are 21 owners compared to the 80 of Échezeaux. The wine can be very great indeed, often betraying a much firmer structure than that of Échezeaux, very deep and complex fruit and superb intensity of flavour. As such it usually requires much longer ageing in bottle before it is ready for drinking. Some of the great producers are Joseph Drouhin, Domaine d'Eugenie (formally Engel), Francois Lamarche and Domaine de la Romanee Conti.