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.
An appellation in the Mâconnais created in 1971 for white wines made from Chardonnay. The appellation is based between the more generic Mâcon appellation and Pouilly-Fuissé, there are seven communes in total including Davayé, Solutré-Pouilly, and Prissé where the soils are the classic Burgundian limestone base. There a small number of good quality producers here, and many fine examples are also made by Pouilly-Fuissé producers, too. St-Véran can be similarly round, buttery and appley as a Mâcon-Villages but with more body and complexity, though they never reach the depth and power of a Pouilly-Fuissé.