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Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2013

Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2013

Sku: 015248

 Vinous 88 points (Sep 2015)
Pale, healthy bright yellow. Pear and white flowers on the expressive nose. Leaner than the 2014 version but juicy lemony acidity gives cut and precision to the middle palate. Finishes lemony, intense and persistent. I was unable to taste the 2013 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc as Drouhin made only 5% of a normal crop and shipped all of the wine in three-bottle cases to its export markets.

Wine maker notes
A generous and elegant wine. Light golden color. Intense nose of flower, brioche and candied lemon aromas, evolving towards nuances of grilled hazelnut and spice as the wine matures. On the palate, the wine is straightforward, with a nice texture and finesse. It has a long aftertaste where floral and gingerbread notes dominate.

Technical notes

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Of the big name négociant businesses in Burgundy, the 130 year old Joseph Drouhin is consistently considered to be one of the most quality-focused. The over-riding aim is to reflect the unique character of the terroir, and they achieve this with organic viticulture, owning their own nursery, ploughing by horse and paying minute attention to detail in production. They even plant 25% more vines per hectare than most Côte d'Or vineyards, believing that this allows the vines to ""take root as deep as possible (as older vines do). The grapes will therefore be receptive to the faintest message emanating from each soil.""
The company is one of the largest domaines in Burgundy, with 73 hectares spread over 90 appellations, and some of the most highly-prized vineyards, including the iconic Clos des Mouches. Ask Frédéric Drouhin, fourth generation leader of the business which is his favourite white and he replies ""Clos des Mouches, because it has a unique personality and it was the first vineyards planted by Maurice Drouhin".

Food pairing
White meats, fish, shellfish.

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