Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, Gevrey-Chambertin
2016 Burgundy En Primeur
This long-established Domaine has magnificent vine-yard-holdings in some of the greatest Grands Crus of the Côte de Nuits. Their Bonnes Mares is regularly outstanding, as are Chapelle-Chambertin, Latricières-Chambertin, Clos-Vougeot and the Chambertin Clos de Bèze. And the Musigny is amazing (though our allocation is minuscule). The barrels age in perfect conditions of humidity and temperature in underground, two-storied cellars which date back to construction after Waterloo, around 1825.
Many subtle improvements were introduced here as Philippe Drouhin took over from his father Bernard. Now we are witnessing another generational change, as Philippe and his wife Christine encourage their well-qualified children Nicolas and Caroline to take over the reins. Tasting with them in winter 2017, it cannot be more evident that this Domaine continues to build upon its reputation as being one of the top names on the Côte de Nuits.