Drouhin Gamay

Joseph Drouhin - Gamay - Beaujolais

Wine & Spirits Magazine Honors Maison Joseph Drouhin by naming them to their Top 100 Wineries of 2016!

Wine & Spirits Magazine Honors Maison Joseph Drouhin

by naming them to their

Top 100 Wineries of 2016!

 

Drouhin Gamay:

Beaujolais-Villages

Beaujolais Nouveau

Cru Beaujolais:

Brouilly    |    Chiroubles

Fleurie    |    Morgon

Moulin-a-Vent    |    Saint-Amour

2017 Beaujolais Nouveau

The 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Label
by Romane Drouhin

DESCRIPTION: The Beaujolais area, although part of greater Burgundy, is very distinct on many accounts. The villages have a different look: instead of slate, the houses have roofs made of red tiles reminiscent of Provence and the Mediterranean world.

GRAPE VARIETY: Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: as an aperitif, a fun wine for all occasions.

 

2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Report

The winter 2016/2017 was cold with a rather low rainfall.

The vines were well rested under these conditions and the sap descended deep into the roots.

The spring temperatures were warm with good sunshine and, under these conditions, the vines grew quickly.

The fledgling bunches of grapes are pretty; the flowering passed in very good conditions.

The health of the grapes is very satisfactory without any particular pressure of disease.

Today we can estimate the date of the beginning of harvest as early September which is a few days early compared to a decennial average.

So, to summarize, we could say that today everything looks good, as in Cote d’Or.

Frederic DROUHIN
16th of June 2017

 

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Beaujolais-Villages

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Beaujolais-Villages

Beaujolais-Villages

DESCRIPTION: Vineyard Site: although Beaujolais is part of "Greater Burgundy", it differs from Burgundy in many respects. Out of the 35,000 hectares of gamay planted throughout the world, 22,000 hectares are in the Beaujolais area, spread over 38 villages.

History & Tradition: Maison Joseph Drouhin has always had a special affinity for this area and, since their pioneering work in the early fifties, has assiduously promoted it around the world. Made from grapes harvested in villages celebrated for the quality of their terroir and micro-climate, this wine represents, vintage after vintage, the true spirit of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation.
Soil: schist and pink granite.

GRAPE VARIETY: Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Beaujolais Villages is very versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavorful dishes such as hors d'oeuvres, salads, pasta and pizza.

TASTING NOTES: "A truly convivial wine. Owing to the careful blending of various terroirs, the result is a wine of great charm. It has a lovely raspberry color and a brilliant hue. The nose is both refined and intense, with notes of violet, peony and red fruit syrup. As you drink it, it feels fresh and silky. Both freshness and fruit remain for quite a long time on the palate"; lingers for a long time." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Cru Beaujolais

" Cru Beaujolais wines, made from Gamay grapes grown in the finest vineyards of France’s Beaujolais region, are often masters of disguise, fooling even the best sommeliers into thinking they are actually Pinot Noir wines.

Jean Bourjade, director of the wine organization Inter Beaujolais, explains, “In blind tastings we often cannot determine the difference between Cru Beaujolais and top Burgundy appellations. Indeed, even the best sommeliers can’t always tell them apart.” Bourjade notes that there is even a term for the confusion: “pinote”—which refers to when a Cru Beaujolais, after five years of cellaring, takes on the attributes of top level red Burgundy".
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Brouilly - Cru Beaujolais

Brouilly

Brouilly - Cru Beaujolais

Brouilly - Cru Beaujolais

DESCRIPTION: Brouilly is one of the most famous Crus of Beaujolais and the most Southern one. The hill where the vines grow (Mont Brouilly) looks like the cone of a volcano, with a small church on the top. The slopes are steep and crisscrossed by small, narrow roads. Mechanical harvest is forbidden: the grapes are picked by hand. The alcoholic fermentation is rather short: six-to-seven days. In many ways, the vinification follows the classic methods in use for the great red Burgundies: low yields and aging in oak barrels for at least eight months.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavorful dishes such as hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and white meats. Serve slightly cool.

TASTING NOTES: "An elegant Beaujolais: intense ruby-red color; on the nose, aromas of violet, lilac, sometimes blackberry and cranberry. Supple tannins, with lively acidity. On the palate, the wine leaves a pleasant note of wild berries". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Chiroubles - Cru Beaujolais

Chiroubles

Chiroubles - Cru Beaujolais

Chiroubles - Cru Beaujolais

DESCRIPTION: Chiroubles, a tiny village on a steep hill built around its main street, is one of the ten Crus of Beaujolais. It is entirely surrounded by a sea of grapes, the Gamay, growing on granitic soil. The northern part of the appellation is known as the "middle mountain". This is the Cru of Beaujolais with the highest elevation. The soil is coarse granite and porphyry.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Enjoy Chiroubles with simple cuisine: charcuterie, stews (pot-au-feu), roast chicken, kidneys, in other words anything hearty and authentic.

TASTING NOTES: "Chiroubles is not a "fussy" wine! On the nose, characteristic aromas of peony and cherry. In the mouth, it is well structured and fleshy. Tannins are present, but not harsh. The roundness of the grape varietal is very much in evidence." - Véronique Drouhin-Boss

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Fleurie - Cru Beaujolais

Fleurie

Fleurie - Cru Beaujolais

Fleurie - Cru Beaujolais

DESCRIPTION: Located between Moulin-a-Vent and Chiroubles, Fleurie, one of the ten Crus of Beaujolais is certainly among the most famous one. There is a lovely ring to the name: in French, "Fleurie" means "in bloom" or "blooming". The grape variety used here is the Gamay, entirely grown on granitic soil. Mechanical harvest is forbidden: the grapes are picked by hand. The vineyard is planted on a slope below the main ridge of hills and is oriented southeast, northwest. The wine ages in oak barrels for seven-to-eight months.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavorful dishes, such as hors d'oeuvres, salads and white meats. Serve slightly cool.

TASTING NOTES: "Fleurie is certainly worthy of its name! It possesses great charm and delicacy, with its luminous raspberry color, aromas of lilac, violet and gooseberry. Very supple and silky in the mouth. Leaves a beautiful impression of fine aromas. It is the most delicate of the Beaujolais Crus". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Morgon - Cru Beaujolais

Morgon

Morgan - Cru Beaujolais

Morgan - Cru Beaujolais

DESCRIPTION: Morgon is located between Régnié and Chiroubles, in the heart of the zone encompassing the Crus of Beaujolais. The type of soil in Morgon is unique: "rotten stone" (pierre pourrie) and crumbling schists, which perhaps explains why this Cru is so different from the others in terms of taste and longevity. As elsewhere in Beaujolais, the grape variety used is the Gamay. The type of pruning is called "gobelet", different from the "Guyot" system used in the Côte d'Or for Pinot Noir.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Very versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavorful dishes such as hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and white meats.

TASTING NOTES: "Good structure, recalling the profile of some of the great wines of the Côte d'Or. Deep garnet color; powerful aromas of cherry and will berries. Fleshy on the palate. A lot of character". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Moulin-a-Vent - Cru Beaujolais

Moulin-A-Vent - Cru Beaujolais

Moulin-A-Vent - Cru Beaujolais

Moulin à VentDESCRIPTION: Like Morgon, Brouilly or Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent is a Cru of Beaujolais. On the top of a little hill and in the middle of the vines, one can still admire the "moulin à vent" (wind mill) that gave its name to the area. The mill is now 300 years old, but the vines have been cultivated here for a much longer time: the Romans could already appreciate the wine produced here. The soil is complex: granite with a high proportion of manganese and the Gamay grape grows well on this soil. Moulin-à-Vent can be favorably compared to the wines of Côte d'Or. It has good concentration and a great ability for aging.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavorful dishes such as hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and white meats. Serve slightly cool.

TASTING NOTES: "Great breed. Beautiful dark garnet color. Intense and elegant aromas, with notes of peony, tea rose and damson plum, often with nuances of licorice. On the palate, beautiful structure, velvety texture ("gras") and majesty. The aftertaste is long, refined and appetizing in a subdued way. The Cru of Beaujolais that is the closest in style to the Burgundies of the Côte d'Or". - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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Saint-Amour - Cru Beaujolais

Saint-Amour

Saint-Amour - Cru Beaujolais

Saint-Amour - Cru Beaujolais

DESCRIPTION: The loveliest wine name of Beaujolais (some will even say of France) is certainly Saint-Amour, at the northern end of the Beaujolais Hills. Here, the vines, pruned very short in the "gobelet" shape, climb the steep slopes of pink granite. At harvest time, the grapes are always hand-picked to avoid bruising. The alcoholic fermentation takes eight-to-ten days and involves such traditional methods as punching down the cap and pumping over the juice. During the winter, the malolactic fermentation further reduces the acidity level. But the wine still needs seven-to-eight months of aging for the lees to be eliminated and the wine completely ready.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay

FOOD PAIRINGS: It can be served in any season of the year, at the beginning of a meal, as well as at the end. Its friendly nature makes it the favorite of the bistros and wine lovers around the world.

TASTING NOTES: "Easily recognizable for its beautiful purple color and typical aromas of violet and musk. Ample and round on the palate. Long aftertaste, with intense fruit"." - Véronique Boss-Drouhin

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