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Domaine Drouhin-Laroze

drouhin-laroze.jpgThere are few domaines in the whole of Burgundy to boast better vineyard holdings than those of Drouhin-Laroze, particularly at the grands crus level.  This family-owned and run domaine, founded in 1850, owns an impressive 12 hectares of prime vineyards, including large parcels of Bonnes-Mares and Chambertin 'Clos de Beze'.  The wine style is traditional, which is to say clean and medium-bodied, without excessive ripeness of overworked fruit.  In their youth the wines can show a touch of oak, which is absorbed by the fruit around four or five years of age.

Not only are Drouhin-Laroze's vineyard holdings superb, they boast old vines - typically around 60 years average age - whilst the Chambertin 'Clos de Beze' and Latricieres-Chambertin are even older (more than 80 years).  Each of the Clos de Beze (1.4 ha), Latricieres (.67 ha) and the Bonnes-Mares - 1.5ha in two parcels, mostly on terre rouges - plots are virtually in the centre of their respective vineyards; Musigny is a thin sttrip (0.12 ha) in the centre of Le Musigny; whilst the Clos Vougeot (1 ha) is at the top adjoining the wall to the south (Vosne-Romanee) side of the Chateau.

All of the grands crus are matured for around 18 months in 100% new oak, giving the wines quite firm structure yet not overpowering the pretty fruit.  Yields wer edown approximately 40% from normal in this [2007] difficult vintage, due to the meticulous selection and sorting to ensure only ripe fruit was included.  The upside is that these 2007s show atypical concentration - this is one of the few domaines where the 2007s are superior to the 2006s.

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