Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, Gevrey-Chambertin
This long-established Domaine has magnificent vineyard-holdings in the northern Côte de Nuits, with many First Growths, and also no less than six of the greatest Grands Crus. The three First Growths we have chosen to list this year – Au Closeau, Clos Prieur and Lavaut Saint Jacques – are outstanding, and so too are Latricières-Chambertin, Clos-Vougeot, Bonnes Mares, and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. 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 a second generational change, as Philippe and his wife Christine encourage their well-qualified children Nicolas and Caroline to take over the reins.
In the past, all grape-bunches were de-stemmed, but now different proportions of whole clusters are being added to certain Cuvées (details are below). From village-level offerings up to the rarest Grands Crus, these wines offer superb quality and are great value for money, across the range.