Thursday, February 1, 2018

Joseph DROUHIN (Beaune) -- 2016 Part I: Chablis Village, 1er Cru, and Grand Cru; Côte Chalonnaise; and Côte d'Or Village Whites Tasted from Bottle

Harvest dates are given below for each wine. All grapes were destemmed.  Many of Drouhin’s whites started malolactic fermentation in the autumn before the weather turned cold. 

In Chablis, Drouhin’s 2016 yield was less than half a crop. All the damage was due to the frost; the hail on 13 May did not affect Drouhin’s wines. What remained on the vines made for very good wines, though.

These Chablis wines go under the name Drouhin-Vaudon, the Domaine de Vaudon being Drouhin’s initial purchase in the region, many years ago.

The Vaudéir and Clos were raised in oak, the others in stainless steel. (Continue reading here.)