Drouhin Chardonnay

Joseph Drouhin - Chardonnay - White Burgundy

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BEST SELLING WHITE REGIONAL WINES

Laforêt Bourgogne Chardonnay

Mâcon-Villages 

 Mâcon-Lugny

Mâcon-Bussières Les Clos

 

BEST SELLING WHITE VILLAGE WINES

 Saint-Véran

Rully Blanc 

  Pouilly-Fuisse

Pouilly-Vinzelles

Puligny-Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrachet 

  Meursault

Montagny Blanc

 

PREMIER CRU WINES

Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embazées

Meursault Perrières 

Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne

Puligny-Montrachet Folatières

Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles

 

GRAND CRU WINES

Bâtard-Montrachet

Corton-Charlemagne

Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

 

Best Selling White Wines

Laforêt Bourgogne Chardonnay

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Forbes Names 2012 LaForet Chardonnay One of The 20 Tasty Wines Under Twenty Bucks - A great value entry level Chardonnay from various Burgundian appellations including Cote D’Or, Chablis and Maconnais. Bright, fresh and charming, the wine has is beautifully balanced with excellent structure complimented by lemon cream and a fine thread of tropical fruit notes.

  • DESCRIPTION:
  • Laforêt Bourgogne Chardonnay from Maison Joseph Drouhin is made from 100 percent Chardonnay grapes, picked by hand, coming from all over Burgundy.
  • It derives its bouquet and taste from various "terroirs"; its general character from Macon, its crispy structure from Chablis, its body from Rully, Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet, and its overall nascent complexity from the young vines of Joseph Drouhin's own "Crus".
  • It is often the entry-level wine leading to the great white Burgundies.
  • To drink it provides the simple pleasures of a classic Burgundy.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: This is a wine to enjoy young, served at 11°-12° C, alone as an aperitif or with light meat or seafood.

TASTING NOTES: "Fruity and full of life. This is a classical white Burgundy and a good entry level wine for Burgundy in general. The color is golden yellow, with a greenish glint. The aromas are reminiscent of fresh grape and green almond. Elegant texture". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Mâcon-Villages

Macon-VillagesDESCRIPTION:

  • Macon is a large area located in the Southern part of Burgundy, next to Pouilly-Fuissé.
  • The clay and limestone soil of the Jurassic era found in this region is well suited for the Chardonnay grape variety.
  • The grape juice ferments in stainless-steel fermenters at a rather low temperature.
  • Bottling is done early in the spring following the harvest.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: It is a perfect accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and charcuterie. Also, try it alone as an aperitif. As with other white wines, Macon-Villages should be served chilled but not cold. It is meant to be enjoyed when young, the wine being at its best after one or two years of aging.

TASTING NOTES: "The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

 

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Mâcon-Lugny

Mâcon-Lugny 2012DESCRIPTION:

  • Vineyard: Site: a large terroir in the south of Burgundy, close to Pouilly-Fuissé.
  • The village of Lugny is located on the beautiful "Mont du Mâconnais".
  • Soil: clay and chalk dating from the Jurassic era are very favorable to the cultivation of the Chardonnay grape.
  • Plantation density: 7,000 vine stocks/hectare. Pruning: Guyot Yield: purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
  • Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers (long term contracts).

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: "White Burgundy pairs well with fowl and fish, particularly when grilled, and with recipes incorporating butter or nuts. Avoid dishes with spicy heat, sharp ingredients, and overtly sweet foods." - WineToMatch.com

TASTING NOTES:"The colour of the Mâcon-Lugny is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity, with hints of white flowers, apple and lemon aromas. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste". - Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Mâcon-Bussières Les Clos

Mâcon-Bussières Les Clos 2014DESCRIPTION:

  • Vineyard Site: a large terroir in the south of Burgundy, close to Pouilly-Fuissé.
  • The village of Lugny is located on the beautiful "Mont du Mâconnais".
  • Soil: clay and chalk dating from the Jurassic era are very favorable to the cultivation of the Chardonnay grape.
  • Plantation density: 7,000 vine stocks/hectare. Pruning: Guyot
  • Yield: purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
  • Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers (long term contracts).
  • Ageing: Type: part of the wine is aged in 500 litre oak barrels and the other part in stainless steel vats. Length: 6 to 8 months.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: "White Burgundy pairs well with fowl and fish, particularly when grilled, and with recipes incorporating butter or nuts. Avoid dishes with spicy heat, sharp ingredients, and overtly sweet foods." - WineToMatch.com

TASTING NOTES: "The colour is limpid and bright. The wine develops mineral notes with hints of white flowers. Precise on the palate and long aftertaste. It shows an amazing purety". - Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Saint-Véran

Saint-VeranDESCRIPTION:

  • A wine lover traveling through Burgundy would expect, after Pouilly-Fuissé, to be in the Beaujolais area. Not so fast!
  • The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling), wedged between these two areas, is half hidden among the hills.
  • Established by decree on January 6,1971, it is the latest appellation in the Mâconnais region.
  • Its Jurassic chalky soil, a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or, is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes.
  • Picked by hand, the 100 percent Chardonnay are gently pressed.
  • The wine is fermented in stainless steel and is bottled before summer to capture the freshness and fruitiness of the wine.
  • Bottling is usually done in the spring following harvest.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: 11°-13°C is the correct temperature to serve a Saint-Véran. It marries well with hors d'oeuvres, delicately flavored charcuterie, oysters, mussels and any other shellfish.

TASTING NOTES: Saint-Véran is very close stylistically to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden-green hue, its intense fruity, flowery nose and its refreshing flavors. It can be enjoyed very young, two-to-three months after bottling. Yet, give it one or two more years to fully appreciate its complexity.

 

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Pouilly-Fuissé

Pouilly-FuisseDESCRIPTION:

  • The vineyards of Pouilly and Fuissé (two separate villages) cover the slopes of Solutré and Vergisson, two well-known cliffs serving as backdrop to this magnificent landscape.
  • The soil is clay and limestone from the Jurassic age.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay.

FOOD PAIRINGS: 52°-55°F is the correct temperature to serve a Pouilly-Fuisse. It marries well with hors d'oeuvres, delicately flavored charcuterie, oysters, mussels and any other shellfish.

Forbes.com on the 2015 Vintage:  Quite brilliant, the standout wine of the selection at under $30. What a miracle of Chardonnay magic. Quite delectable quaffable to be a top-pic as an aperitif, and with the poise and understated elegance to pair with grilled salmon or Dover sole. - Bravo Les Drouhins!

TASTING NOTES: "A seductive wine and a really nice expression of the Chardonnay grape! The colour is golden, with some green reflections. Among the floral and fruity aromas, almond and ripe grapes dominate. On the palate, the wine is refreshingly pleasant, ethereal in its lightness. Long and refreshing aftertaste". - Veronique Drouhin

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Pouilly-Vinzelles

Pouilly-Vinzelles 2014DESCRIPTION:

  • The production area stretches south of Burgundy in the Mâconnais region, within 10km south-west of Mâcon.
  • Less famous than its neighbour "Fuissé", it has been known since the Roman times; "Vincella" is still tinged with its specificities.
  • The vineyard, located at an altitude of 250m (820 feet), on the steep slope facing east, is dominated by its fortified castle.
  • The soil is clay and limestone rich in iron oxide.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay.

FOOD PAIRINGS: 52°-55°F is the correct temperature to serve a Pouilly-Vinzelles. It marries well with hors d'oeuvres, delicately flavored charcuterie, oysters, mussels and any other shellfish.

Forbes.com on the 2015 Vintage:  The villages of Fuissé and Vinzelles are close, both geographically and viniferously – a five minutes’ drive, provided you don’t get caught behind a tractor – and their wines are similar. Pouilly-Fuissé has become a recognized Name, while the less prominent Vinzelles sells at a 40% discount. Whether this price differential is generally justified, I don’t know, but it certainly isn’t here in a wine of harmony and balance, tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and oak playing off each other in a minuet of delight.

TASTING NOTES: "A wine for mere pleasure! Pale yellow colour with numerous bright green reflections. Intense persistant flavours of peach and white flowers harmoniously meshed together. On the palate, the wine is ample, fresh, intense, with reminiscent notes of ripe grapes, almond, fresh hazelnut and cinnamon. The mouth reveals an elegant wine endowered with a good structure".. - Veronique Drouhin

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Rully Blanc

Rully BlancDESCRIPTION:

  • Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown on the brown calcareous soil, the Chardonnay being found mostly on clay and limestone.
  • As in the rest of Burgundy, the continental climate, with its warm Summer and mild fall, is very favourable to the good maturity of the grapes.
  • The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 250 to 370 meters (750 to 1110 feet).
  • The fermentation and the ageing of the wines take place in their cellars in Beaune.
  • Buying grapes (instead of already made wine) is preferable since it allows tight control on the quality and yield of the crop.
  • The grapes are always picked by hand and then gently pressed.
  • The juice ferments in barrels, a small percentage being of new oak.
  • A few weeks after the malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is racked off its lees.
  • After several months of ageing in barrels (7 to 8 months), the wine is bottled.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: This exquisite wine, which goes so well with delicate fish and most shellfish, is also an excellent value.

TASTING NOTES: "A wine full of charm! The colour is a beautiful white gold, with a ravishing purity and brilliance. The aromas are fresh and fruity, with nuances of broom shrub (genêt), almond and delicious preserved citrus notes. On the palate, it is fresh and elegant. A long and delicious aftertaste makes for a lasting impression". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet

DESCRIPTION:

  • The central part of the Côte de Beaune comprises an area predestined to produce great white wines, and Puligny-Montrachet is certainly one of its most glorious examples.
  • The clay and chalky soil, which is very stony, has good drainage and warms through easily.
  • The Chardonnay is the unique grape variety used to produce these great white wines.
  • The House of Joseph Drouhin brings to the making of these wines its utmost care, in the respect of tradition.
  • At the time of harvest, usually around mid-September, the grapes are hand-picked in small cases, then brought to the winery "en Chavet", in Beaune.
  • The grapes are gently pressed. The juice settles down for few hours before going into oak barrels.
  • Once the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are completed, the wine is racked off its lees.
  • It is aged in oak barrels for nine-to-ten months.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Due to the refinement of their bouquet and the elegance of their flavors, these great white wines are unquestionably destined to accompany haute cuisine: shellfish cooked in a light wine sauce (court-bouillon) or any delicate fish (such as Dover sole) prepared grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "A wine of great finesse, distinguished and elegant. The color is pure and bright, with light glints of white gold. The aromas evoke trees in bloom and white flesh fruit, like white peaches. With age, the aromas evolve towards almond and lightly grilled dried fruit. On the palate, there is a sensation of fresh silkiness. Long and persistent in the aftertaste, ending on an exceptional wealth of flavors, both floral and fruity." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

 

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Chassagne-Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrachet

DESCRIPTION:

  • Chardonnay is the unique variety used to produce these white wines.
  • It is growing on limestone soil mixed with brown clay.
  • A careful balance between tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin vineyard management and vinification: they have their own nursery.
  • Ploughing and leaf removal are the only methods used. The whole harvest is picked by hand.
  • The grapes are gently and slowly pressed. The juice settles down for a few hours and is then placed in oak barrels.
  • The fermentation starts naturally, with no yeast inoculation. The malolactic fermentation is always led to its natural completion.
  • The wine matures in small oak barrels for nine-to-ten months and receives all of the necessary care before bottling.
  • The percentage of new oak varies with each vintage but it never exceeds 40% so that the oak cannot dominate the fruit.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: It is best served with white meat (turkey, veal) or fish in delicate sauces.

TASTING NOTES: Chassagne-Montrachet always has a beautiful, limpid, golden hue. On the nose, there are often delicate nuances of pear, vanilla and almond flavors. Round and ample on the palate, the wine has length and complexity.

 

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Meursault

Meursault

DESCRIPTION:

  • The quality of a Meursault AC (village appellation) very much depends on the location of the vineyards and the grower's know-how and care.
  • Robert Drouhin buys grapes from selected vineyards.
  • At harvest time, the grapes are hand-picked and pressed very gently in a pneumatic press.
  • The juice starts to ferment in barrels naturally.
  • The malolactic fermentation is always left to follow its course.
  • As with all other wines, Robert Drouhin is very careful with the use of new oak, never exceeding 30 percent, so that the fruit cannot be dominated by the wood.
  • The wine is bottled after nine or ten months.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Meursault can be served alone as an aperitif with smoked salmon. At dinner, Meursault is recommended with delicate fish dishes, lobster, foie gras or even poultry, as well as fresh goat cheese.

TASTING NOTES: "A refined wine, well appreciated in the whole world. A beautiful golden color and a great aromatic palette: honey, linden flower ("tilleul"), hazelnut butter, sometimes even chamomile or hawthorn. On the palate, a silky roundness. Long on the aftertaste, with flavors of yellow plum and gingerbread". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

 

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Montagny Blanc

MontagnyDESCRIPTION:

  • Montagny is one of the four communes making up the Côte Chalonnaise, also known as Région de Mercurey.
  • It is the most southern appellation of this Côte, with vineyards planted on a beautiful horseshoe-shaped series of hills.
  • Montagny produces only white wine under that appellation.
  • Montagny is a very attractive wine. It tends to be fuller than white Rully.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: This exquisite wine, which goes so well with delicate fish and most shellfish, is also an excellent value.

TASTING NOTES: "Montagny is a very interesting wine, not just a simple "terroir wine". Its color is pale. On the nose, aromas of golden apple, almond and fern, with a faint lemony note. There is a clear-cut and lively impression when first tasting the wine, followed by a feeling of roundness. Long aftertaste, with appetizing flavors of "compote" (stewed fruit)." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

 

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THE PREMIER CRU WHITES OF JOSEPH DROUHIN

Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

Beaune Clos des Mouches blanc

DESCRIPTION:

  • At the southern end of the Beaune appellation, next to Pommard, the Drouhin vineyard is at mid-slope, on a mild incline with an east/south east exposure.
  • It is the largest parcel in the Clos des Mouches (14 hectares - 35 acres), one half planted with Chardonnay, the other half with Pinot Noir.
  • It is one of the first vineyards acquired by Maurice Drouhin (the founder's son) in the 1920's.
  • With great determination, he bought 41 different parcels from eight proprietors.
  • It is planted equally in red and white grapes and both wines have achieved mythical status for the House of Joseph Drouhin.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: It is best served at 12°C (53F) and is perfect with fish or white meat in sauce.

TASTING NOTES: "An outstanding wine. Pale yellow color. Complex floral nose of white lilac and white rose. Once open, fruity aromas come to the fore, evolving towards grilled hazelnut and almond. When the wine is more mature, the nose is surprisingly strong and fifteen minutes of aeration produce wonderful notes of white truffle, citron, honey and nutmeg, elegantly meshed together. Very lively on the palate. Its rich texture is in evidence, but also its structure and minerality. It is round, but never heavy. Harmonious fullness in the aftertaste". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 

Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche

DESCRIPTION:

  • Site: south of the Côte de Beaune, not too far from the city of Beaune. It is one of the famous villages of the "Côte des Blancs" producing great white wines (the others are Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet).
  • The vineyard (2.26 ha - 5.65 acres) is on a gradual slope.
  • Some old buildings, partially ruined, are found at mid-slope - the Abbey of Morgeot.
  • It had two owners: men of prayer and men of the sword: monks from the abbey and the Laguiche family.
  • During the French Revolution, the abbey was ruined but the estate of the Laguiche family was spared and remains to this day.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Due to the refinement of their bouquet and the elegance of their flavors, these great white wines are unquestionably destined to accompany haute cuisine : shellfish cooked in a light wine sauce (court-bouillon) or any delicate fish (such as Dover sole) prepared grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "This is a wonderful occasion to savor a great wine. Admirable light golden color. Intense and elegant aromas come to the fore. Hawthorn, apricot notes, evolve toward hints of blond tobacco. As the wine ages, there are nuances of dried fruit and rare spices. A silky texture and a subtle touch of tannin give a true personality to the wine. Remarkable aftertaste. A great white Burgundy!" - Véronique Drouhin-Boss

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Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embazées Premier Cru

DESCRIPTION: 

  • Site: located in the South of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the villages, together with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, making up the celebrated "Côte des blancs" (the slope of the "whites").
  • The vineyard stretches along the slope close to Santenay.
  • The word "Embazées" might come from "Ambassiacus", a gallo-roman estate still hosting the vestiges of a villa which was  mentioned in some medieval texts.
  • Soil: complex soil, made up of marl, limestone, yellow or red clay, scree and gravel; these soils are mostly light.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Due to the refinement of their bouquet and the elegance of their flavors, these great white wines are unquestionably destined to accompany haute cuisine : shellfish cooked in a light wine sauce (court-bouillon) or any delicate fish (such as Dover sole) prepared grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "The wine is bright with a light golden color. Its aromas, reminiscent of hawthorn, acacia, honeysuckle, evolve toward hazelnut, and after a few years maturing, deliver some hints of honey and ripe pear. On the palate, this opulent wine offers long lasting flavours lingering a long time in the aftertaste". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Meursault Perrières Premier Cru

Meursault PerrieresDESCRIPTION:

  • During the Middle-Ages, the monks realized that there were wide distinctions between the vineyards.
  • They also started to give them names related to the general aspect of the fields or the kind of vegetation they bore.
  • One such vineyard was planted with juniper trees: it became "Genevrières".
  • Another one was very stony: they called it "Perrières". As a matter of fact, the soil of Perrières has a very hard and chalky soil. It has a light brown color with many broken stones that reflects the sun during the day.
  • It is dry, poor, and the roots of the vines have to go deep into the soil to find water.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Due to the refinement of their bouquet and the elegance of their flavors, these great white wines are unquestionably destined to accompany haute cuisine: shellfish cooked in a light wine sauce (court-bouillon) or any delicate fish (such as Dover sole) prepared grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "A complex and generous wine, with a rare elegance. The color is extraordinarily luminous. On the nose, a palette of interesting and varied aromas: syrup, grilled almond, preserved fruit. In the mouth, a silky and ample texture which does not exclude freshness or lightness. Long on the palate, with flavors recalling grilled bread and fruit jam. Always a consummate example of a white Burgundy, this wine is perfection!". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru   

Puligny Clos de la Garenne

DESCRIPTION:

  • This great Premier Cru is located above "Les Folatières".
  • Owing to its relatively high position on the slope and the hard, stony component of its soil, it is one of the most interesting Premier Crus of the Côte de Beaune.
  • The total production of this vineyard is very small, the vineyard being only 1.5 hectare (3.75 acres).
  • Joseph Drouhin does not own any vineyards in this climat but buys grapes from vignerons with whom they have long standing relationships.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Like all great white wines, Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne deserves to accompany the best fish and shellfish dishes, such as lobster or crabmeat in a light wine sauce, salmon, trout or Dover sole simply grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "Great finesse and breed in this wine. The color, barely golden, is brilliant. On the nose, refined aromas of hawthorn, fresh almond and apricot, evolving towards candied fruit, hazelnut and grilled dried fruit. On the palate, a beautiful structure harmonizing nicely with fresh and velvety sensations. Long aftertaste, especially in the flavors." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Puligny-Montrachet Folatières Premier Cru 

Puligny-Montrachet FolatieresDESCRIPTION:

  • The central part of the Côte de Beaune comprises an area predestined to produce great white wines, and Puligny-Montrachet is certainly one of its most glorious examples.
  • Among its Premier Crus, the vineyard of Les Folatières is one of its most famous, occupying a central position at mid-slope.
  • The name Folatières may come from "feu follet"in French, (St. Elmo's Fire).
  • According to popular imagination, these fires could be seen on a warm summer night in the forests nearby or coming up from the valley below.
  • The soil is limestone and is very chalky and stony. A great part is actually limestone debris.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Like all great white wines, Puligny-Montrachet Folatières deserves to accompany the best fish and shellfish dishes, such as lobster or crabmeat in a light wine sauce, salmon, trout or Dover sole simply grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "Beautiful harmony defines this precious wine. Golden and bright color. The complex and distinctive aromas of Puligny are here in evidence: honey, honeysuckle, fresh almond. As the wine matures, these aromas evolve towards dried fruit notes and spice. On the palate, a very nice balance between freshness and velvety texture. There is even a firm backbone that gives this wine a strong structure. Exceptionally long on the aftertaste, with refined and floral notes throughout." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Map of Puligny-Montrachet

 

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Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles Premier Cru

Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles

DESCRIPTION:

  • Puligny-Montrachet is located in the central section of the Côte de Beaune, where the celebrated Côte des Blancs (Slope of the whites) is located.
  • A few steps from Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, Pucelles is one of the most prized white Premier Crus.
  • According to the often-told story, the lord of Puligny in the Middle Ages divided his estate between his children: the eldest was the "chevalier" (knight), the daughters were the "pucelles" (young virgins) and the son born out of wedlock was the "bâtard".
  • The soil is limestone and a mixture of brown earth and pebbles.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Like all great white wines, Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles deserves to accompany the best fish and shellfish dishes, such as lobster or crabmeat in a light wine sauce, salmon, trout or Dover sole simply grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "Beautiful, brilliant, pale gold color. Elegant and flowery aromas where linden (tilleul) and pastry dominate, together with lemon rind and almond paste. As the wine matures, the aromas get even finer, with notes of dried fruit, honey biscuit and syrup. On the palate, the wine delivers an impression of finesse and seduction, with a wonderful silky texture and long-lasting flavors lingering a long time in the aftertaste." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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THE GRAND CRU WHITES OF JOSEPH DROUHIN

Bâtard-Montrachet

Batard-MontrachetDESCRIPTION:

  • Site: Bâtard Montrachet straddles Puligny and Chassagne.
  • It lies right below the famous Montrachet vineyard.
  • Bâtard is one of the greatest white wines of the Côte de Beaune.
  • According to the often told story, the lord of Puligny in the Middle Ages divided his estate between his children: the eldest was the "chevalier" (knight), the daughters were the "pucelles" (young virgins) and the son born out of wedlock was the "bâtard".

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Only the most refined dishes can do justice to such a wine: foie gras is high on the list, followed by lobster bisque, crayfish, vol-au-vent, sweetbreads, white meat chicken in cream sauce. But whatever you decide to serve, it is sure to be a memorable event !

TASTING NOTES: "Tasting a wine of this stature is always cause for emotion. The golden color has bright reflections. After some aeration, the aromas reveal their rich intensity: grilled bread, almond, honey, exotic wood...What is striking is the structure of the wine, its "monumental" grandeur. There is even a touch of tannin that provides an added dimension. A voluptuous finale, seemingly without end, with precious notes of preserved and ripe fruit." - Véronique Drouhin-Boss

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Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne

DESCRIPTION:

  • Corton Charlemagne is the only vineyard in Burgundy bearing the name of two emperors: "Corton" comes from the Gallo-Roman Curtis d'Othon, meaning the Domaine of Othon, a German emperor. And Charlemagne, the famous emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was once the proprietor of the vineyard. Corton Charlemagne is magnificently situated on an impressive hill dominating the village of Aloxe-Corton.
  • As the slope turns from east to west, most of the vineyards face due south.
  • Joseph Drouhin has a small estate in Corton Charlemagne.
  • The utmost care is given to the vines: low yields, no fertilizer, no weed killer.
  • Plowing and leaf removal are used when necessary.
  • The wine-making techniques are traditional; barrel fermentation, aging in oak barrels.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Excellent with shellfish cooked in a light wine sauce or any delicate fish prepared grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "One of the greatest wines of Burgundy, to be tasted with awe and reverence. It has an intense golden hue. On the nose, there are some subtle tones of rose, fresh almond, citrus, honey, exotic wood and spice. Majestic and well balanced on the palate. Generous and lively at the same time. Intense and complex aftertaste. All the aromas mingle and linger for quite a long time afterwards. A wine of undeniable majesty." - Véronique Drouhin-Boss

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Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

DESCRIPTION:

  • In the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, the estate of the Marquis de Laguiche is entirely located on the Puligny side of the appellation.
  • A very mild slope and a great southeast exposure.
  • At every period of history, a few vineyards have been considered heirloom treasures for their incomparable quality.
  • The Montrachet of Marquis de Laguiche belongs to this Pantheon.
  • This property (2.06 hectares/5.15 acres) is actually the largest parcel of the Montrachet vineyard and has been in the hands of the Laguiche family since 1363.
  • The Drouhin family is in charge of its cultivation and vinification and, since 1947, has spread and preserved its worldwide renown.
  • The soil is brown-red earth, strewn with white, polished limestone pebble.
  • The word "rachet" in Montrachet means infertile land, where nothing can grow.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Like all great white wines, Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche deserves to accompany the best fish and shellfish dishes, such as lobster or crabmeat in a light wine sauce; salmon, trout or Dover sole simply grilled or poached. The wine should be served no colder than 13°C (57°F).

TASTING NOTES: "An authentic masterpiece! This wine should be regarded as the yardstick by which all other Burgundies should be judged. The color has a splendid golden sheen. On the nose, a multitude of aromas are a pleasure to discover: floral notes of lily of the valley, peach blossom, exotic fruit, honey, grilled almonds, even exotic woods at times. On the palate, the structure is dominated by a harmonious roundness which never imparts any heaviness. The aftertaste is exceptionally long and enhances the finesse of the whole. A glorious symphony of sensations!". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

 

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