Last week’s treat for me was the technical tasting of a range of Joseph Drouhin wines at Edmonton’s culinary gem The Marc.

Laurent Drouhin was there representing the fourth generation of this venerable wine growing family from Burgundy. The tables were set with the requisite white mats covered by eight glistening glasses just waiting to be filled.

Founded in 1880, Joseph Drouhin cellars display a deep sense of values, passion and daring which have been handed down through the generations. With a firm dedication to the organic and bio-dynamic approach, they bring an unfailing sense of quality to the art of wine-making.

While some of their grapes are purchased from trusted growers, the grapes from their own properties benefit from dense, deep rooted plantings plowed by horse and treated with herb infusions and natural predators rather than synthetic applications. They favour low yields which allow the fruit to express the true type of soil from each individual vineyard.

We tasted:

Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2013 – The entry level Chardonnay is a bright clear lime/gold hue with scents of lemon/lime and wet ash with playful notes of Freesia and savoury pineapple. Elegant attack of savoury tart acidity, bright fruit and firm minerality. With fruit from Chablis, Macon Villages and Cote Chalonnaise this really is a classic white Burgundy. +093385 $

Joseph Drouhin Chablis Domaine de Vaudon AOC 2014 – Bright clear lime gold hue. Round wet stone and chalky blue sky nose. Densely acidic attack, salty, flinty and chalky. Big presence on the palate. Lovely and bright with an intense, persistent finish. ❤ Gorgeous with the Goats cheese on Parmigiano crisp! + +730705 $$

Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2013 – Very clear light lemon/lime hue. Lovely honey’d chalk nose with elegant salted stone fruit and sweat. Gorgeous rich round attack that opens to clean bright acidity boosting the graceful fruit. Absolutely wonderful! Age 3-4 years xoxo Unbelievable with creamed mushrooms on toast!

Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2013 – Bright golden-green hue. Tropical notes of fresh apricot and salted lemon on the nose. De-classified fruit from Premier Cru and Villages vineyards. Gorgeous salty round attack of lean bright fruit. Super expressive – soft and tart at once. Wonderfully rich with soft malo-lactic notes of creaminess and yet the chalky earthiness comes through. Deep and impressive. From soils rich in limestone, clay and iron oxide. ❤ +718630 $$

Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2013 – Bright clear gold. It smells like warm sand on a hot day. Flinty, a little shy baby powder nose. Savoury notes of dried thyme. Rich elegant attack, deep and persistent. Steely deep aftertaste…the entire mouth gets involved. Harmonious and balanced. A real class act. One gets the impression of lemon pith on the finish. Love this. Age 3 -4 years.

Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2012 – From Cotes Chalonnaise and Cotes de Beaune vineyards. Tank fermented 12-16 months in oak. Pretty clear cherry hue. Baked cherry pie nose.  Straight forward nose of earthy red berries. Lean attack of tart red plum fruit. Light elegant tannins make this very easy to drink. Great with the creamed mushrooms on toast. +142406 $

Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin (vintage not noted) – Spicy masculine dark fruit. Perfect mid ruby hue. Harmonious complex nose of spiced dark plum fruit, black cherry and black dirt, tobacco and wet garden. Dark lean attack with firm tannins that carry the juicy bright fruit. It begs for roasted meats and rich fatty food. (sigh)

Joseph Drouhin Volnay Premier Cru Taillepieds 2010 – Super clear light medium ruby garnet. Quiet nose of baby powder, plum and the forest in spring. Silky refined attack of lean dark plum fruit. Silken tannins carry the softly poached fruit across the palate. Perfect with the citrus duck dish. A ballerina in toe shoes. Laurent says the 2010 will mature quickly.

Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 2012 – Perfect mid ruby hue. Wild cherries, violets and  wet cement. Silken attack of bright black plum and red currant fruit. It opens to wide velvet tannins and a smoky,spiced silken velvet finish. ❤ Love this. Chalky and elegant. Lovely contrast to the spiced pork sausage. Wonderful. Small production. Magnificent. Such a treat! It is such a wonderful expression of terroir. “The name of the wine makes you smile. The taste of the wine makes you cry.” +421164 $$$

…and then it was over. Luckily, we carry some of these wonderful wines at Sherbrooke and I’m pretty sure that Juanita will have some at Color de Vino. Ask your favorite retailer about them. You need to taste some.



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