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DROUHIN-LAROZE
Drouhin-Laroze must be the most under-appreciated and over-looked domaine on the Cote de Nuits if you take the quality of their vineyard holdings and the consistency of their wines as your yardstick.  Their grand cru holdings include sizable chunks: their 1.5 hectares in Bonnes Mares is the largest holding and 10% of the entire climat, they have a similar amount and proportion of the Clos de Beze, over a hectare of upper-mid slope Clos Vougeot and a meaningful amount of Laricieres and Chapelle, and even a sliver of the near-unicorn; Musigny!  This kind of vineyard holding is more or less unparalleled.  And it’s not like they are making bad or even innocuous wine. Their wines are poised, fragrant and stylish.

Indeed they have a strong house style and family resemblance that combines dark fruit aromas and flavors with a fine and elegant balance, a rare treat, in fact. They are wines of perfume and cut but still possess weight, presence and length – good stuff.  So, please give these wines careful consideration, they are under the radar and worthy of cellar-space in any Burgundy lover's collection.

Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin En Champs 2018 

$70 per bottle 
(90-92) points Vinous
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs has a well-defined, detailed bouquet of great precision (what a bon idée to separate this out from the Gevrey Village in 2015). The palate is medium-bodied with quite dense black fruit and a little tarry in texture, with impressive salinity and focus toward the finish. Recommended. (Drink between 2022-2035)

Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru 2018 
$90 per bottle 
(91-93) points Vinous
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet of red and black fruit mixed with truffle and subtle minty aromas that gradually gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good body and a finely tuned, mineral-rich finish. A touch of spice lingers on the aftertaste. Very fine. (Drink between 2022-2038)

Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 1er Cru 2018
$90 per bottle
(92-94) points Vinous
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is completely de-stemmed, as the domaine felt that the wine already came with sufficient natural spiciness. It has a very classy bouquet of copious red cherry and raspberry fruit, becoming a little darker with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, impressive symmetry and an elegant finish. This is the kind of wine that is becoming more synonymous with the domaine since their change of modus operandi. Superb. (Drink between 2022-2045)

Drouhin-Laroze Chapelle Chambertin 2018
$165 per bottle
(94-96) points Vinous
The 2018 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, half of which was pulled out for future replanting, is another example of a wine from this vineyard that excelled in this vintage (see Domaine Dugat). It has a very well-defined, focused bouquet of intense black cherry, raspberry and crushed stone aromas, the whole bunch addition lending freshness to counterbalance the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Smooth and harmonious, with just a touch of toasty new oak to be subsumed on the finish. This has great potential, but afford it several years in bottle. (Drink between 2025-2050)

Drouhin-Laroze Latricieres Chambertin 2018
$165 per bottle
(93-95) points Vinous
The 2018 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru is a vineyard where half the vineyard was pulled out in winter 2018. It does not deliver quite the same precision and detail as the Chapelle-Chambertin this year. Intense blackberry, raspberry and light cedar aromas unfold gently in the glass. The palate is well balanced with more red fruit compared to the Chapelle, a slightly creamy texture and a sensual, very harmonious, quite rich yet detailed finish. It might drink slightly earlier than the Chapelle-Chambertin, but it may well have equal longevity. (Drink between 2023-2050)

Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mares 2018
$215 per bottle
(94-96) points Vinous
The 2018 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru contains 30% whole clusters. It has a perfumed bouquet of blackberry, hints of cassis, crushed violet and touches of potpourri, very well defined and focused and delivering the intensity one expects from this growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Wonderful harmony and composure here, gently unfolding toward a satin-textured finish that lingers long in the mouth. Bon vin! (Drink between 2023-2050)

Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Beze 2018
$225 per bottle
(95-97) points Vinous
The 2018 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru includes 30% whole-bunch fruit, though this is the one grand cru where you cannot detect the stem addition, just the copious dark cherry, raspberry, cedar and undergrowth aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is supple on the entry, the acidity neatly counterbalancing the intensity of the fruit. This Clos-de-Bèze has real grip and an arching structure on the finish, suggesting that it will be a seriously long-lived wine. Excellent. (Drink between 2023-2050)

Offered from the new release, arriving here by refrigerated sea-freight this Summer

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