Saturday, February 3, 2018

Joseph DROUHIN (Beaune) -- 2016 Part III: Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune Reds Tasted from Bottle and Barrel Samples



In the areas hit by frost, although later generation grapes largely did catch up to the first generation grapes, substantial triage nevertheless was necessary to eliminate those grapes that did were not fully ripe. Drouhin uses whole clusters in vintages it feels are appropriate, but here, in order to preserve the fresh and fruity quality of the wines, grapes were either mostly or entirely destemmed.

Of particular note, also, is that year-in and year-out, Drouhin provides outstanding wine and great value for the lesser appellations. (Continue reading here.)