Just one and a half barrels of this have been made and its all new oak but this certainly does not disrupt the wine; the flavours are expressive and demonstrate lots of extremely ripe fruit – explosive, crunchy flavours of blackberry, loganberry and black cherry with strong mineral notes and hints of fruit compote.
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.
Named after one of the region's commercial hubs, Nuits-St-Georges, this as an appellation given to the lesser wine-producing villages of the Côte de Nuits, which is the northern half of the Côte d'Or escarpment. The production is predominantly, but not exclusively, red wine from Pinot Noir. Wines from Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien, and Corgoloin may be sold as Côte de Nuits-Villages. In the best examples these wines are above Bourgogne level but below the village wine of the Côte de Nuit's most important appellations such as Nuits St Georges itself, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Morey St Denis and Gevrey Chambertin. The wines are light to medium bodied and rarely improve with more than 4-5 years bottle age, but for youthful drinking can offer excellent value.