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Biodynamics according to Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin


(posted 4/20/2011)

Domaine Joseph Drouhin has long pioneered low impact viticulture. Robert Drouhin was among the first in all of Burgundy to eliminate pesticides and beginning in the 1980s Phillipe Drouhin took their vines further toward organics and biodynamics -so far, in fact, that all estates under Maison Joseph Drouhin now embrace biodynamics. Laurent Drouhin, a contemporary scion of this family-run winery tells us how that change has affected the wines.

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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2007 
Characteristics: The 2007 Arthur has all of the delicate, floral aromatics we see from our estate, the carnation and magnolia scents, with touches of lemon peel and other citrus fruits, but there is an extra texture and dimension to the 2007 that takes the wine to a new level.  Crisp on the palate, with a long finish, this wine is lovely now, and will develop nicely for at least the next 3-5 years.
-Winery notes, 04/2009
Origin: USA Oregon - Oregon
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $32.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 
Characteristics: On the nose the wine is full of bright Oregon cherry with intense small berries, hints of spice. The mouth feel is lush and round, ripe cherry fruit with a very balanced elegant long finish. -JM
Origin: USA Oregon - Oregon
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $25.00/bottle
Bottle size: 375 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2008 
Characteristics: The 2008 is gorgeous, complex, intense, and very youthful. Aromatically expressive, I find notes of red and black cherry spice box and
cedar. Already elegant and lovely, this cuvée has excellent weight, balanced with firm
acidity and a very long finish. Though enjoyable now, it will develop substantially in the years to come, and should easily age for 10-15 years.
- wine tasting note by Véronique Drouhin-Boss, January, 2010
Origin: USA - Oregon
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $216.00/bottle
Bottle size: 375ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurene 2006 
Characteristics: The 2006 Laurène recalls the softer, plusher qualities found in the 2004 vintage, but with the slightly more ample body that 2006 brought to all of our wines. On the nose and on the palate, there is a wealth of deep black berries, red fruits and Dundee Hills spice. The finish is very long, and I expect to enjoy the 2006 Laurène for at least 10 more years! - Veronique Drouhin Boss
Origin: USA - Oregon
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $320.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008 
Characteristics: The 2008 is gorgeous, complex, intense, and very youthful. Aromatically expressive, I find notes of red and black cherry spice box and
cedar. Already elegant and lovely, this cuvée has excellent weight, balanced with firm
acidity and a very long finish. Though enjoyable now, it will develop substantially in the years to come, and should easily age for 10-15 years.
- wine tasting note by Véronique Drouhin-Boss,
January, 2010
Origin: USA Oregon - Oregon
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $48.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 2005 
Characteristics: An impressive bottling. A certain nuttiness in the aroma. In the mouth, a substantial wine without seeming weighty. Stone fruits and a pleasant minerality. Nice length.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $916.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 2003 
Characteristics: It is distinguished by its elegance and finesse: round, velvety, and beautifully balanced. It has complexity and depth in a soft but very intense sort of way. Aromas are very refined with ripe black cherry, spices, earthy and lightly smoked notes with just the right touch of tannin. This wine can be put away 10 years or even 20, depending on the vintage; it can also be enjoyed in its youth, with all its glorious fruitiness. -Winery notes
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $80.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Brouilly 2006 
Characteristics: Brouilly is one of the Cru Beaujolais each of which expresses a personality unique to its little plot of the entire Beaujolais region.

The aroma is of bright red fruits and the flavour too is very fruity. Soft and full in the mouth.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $20.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chablis Domaine Vaudon 2008 
Characteristics: Style and elegance and lemon curd and pure Chardonnay fruit and all that there is to love about the distinctive marine-shell laden earth from which these grapes grow. The Drouhin family continues to impress by letting the fruit and the earth speak for itself. This wine has a long self-confident finish that satisfies for minutes.
- wine tasting note by JN, 9/7/12

The Drouhins' have very large holdings in Chablis. This is the Reserve Vaudon Chablis which is the best parcells of village Chablis. It is brilliant straw in colour, the nose is Chablis and more. The minerality that is prominent in the 2008 premier and grand cru is more restrained here; there is surprisingly effusive and totally charming fruit in the bouquet; white flowers and freshly sliced Bosc pear(Pyrus communis). In the mouth it is more 2008, lemon grass that I have found in many of these wines but here it is a bit more forward in the mouth. Then the marvelous exciting stimulating acidity, as bracing as a mitten full of snow in the face.
- Wine review by LAC (July, 2010)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $264.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2006 
Characteristics: "Fine lace and silk are the words most often associated with this wine. Bright, intense colour and complex aromas evoking violet, black cherry and damp earth. According to the vintages, there are also notes of truffle and game. Refined tannins coat the palate. Good balance between texture and acidity. Long aftertaste, with notes of cherry and candied fruit." Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $560.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2005 
Characteristics: We have more Red Burgundy without notes that any other varietal or region. That is probably because we buy more wines from this region than any other and barrel tasting notes are very early impressions so not very useful in this context. The wines vary within the region but are nearly all made from the same varietal, Pinot Noir, so I can give you a reliable idea of what to expect. The colour can range from robish to quite light but don’t be fooled. The nose is tease; its ethereal, dried roses, spring deciduous leaf, tea leaves and often a sweet earthiness. In the mouth it is often very supple and silken. The flavours are from a motley palette including cherries of most any hue, sometimes truffle, gaminess and a wonderful comforting earthiness.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $800.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune Rouge 2006 
Characteristics: Lots to love here for fans of really elegant Pinot Noir. The Drouhin family owns vineyards in the tiny village of Chorey (just outside of Beaune), and all fruit used is biodynamically farmed and hand picked from their vineyards. While medium in body, the intensity of blackberry fruit is substantial. That combined with licorice and black pepper spices indicate that this wine, while showing beautifully today, will also age gracefully.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $28.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune Rouge 2007 
Characteristics: "A very pleasant wine. Bright, clear red color. Aromas are surprising in their intensity and fruit. On the palate, a tender, supple, graceful, round body. Very flavorful in the aftertaste, with a hint of blackberry jam. When the wine gets older, wild blackberry is the dominant aroma. After three or five years, the wine takes on a distinctive smell of truffle and undergrowth evolving towards notes of venison." - Véronique Drouhin-Boss
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $256.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages Rouge 2008 
Characteristics: 100% Pinot Noir

"A delicious red Burgundy, with harmonious flavors. Bright ruby color. On the nose, intense aromas of wild cherry, licorice and mild spices, evolving towards notes of undergrowth and mushroom. On the palate, excellent balance between tannin, acidity and "gras" (velvety texture). The aftertaste is reminiscent of little red berries".
- tasting note by Véronique Drouhin-Boss
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $216.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Côtes de Beaune Villages 2005 
Characteristics: Fragrance and flavors of red berries and smoke. Delicate tannins finish it up. A great example of Pinot Noir from Burgundy at a reasonable price. -DH
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $25.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Macon-Villages Blanc 2009 
Characteristics: 100% Chardonnay
"The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste."
- tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $14.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Meursault Blanc 2008 
Characteristics: "A refined wine, well appreciated in the whole world. A beautiful golden color and a great aromatic palette: honey, linden flower ("tilleul"), hazelnut butter, sometimes even chamomile or hawthorn. On the palate, a silky roundness. Long on the aftertaste, with flavors of yellow plum and gingerbread".
- wine tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $436.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2007 
Characteristics: A stylish effort for both this vintage and price-point for Pouilly Fuisse! The nose is filled with bright lemon, tangerine and custard. Delicate hints of smoke are evident in both the nose and mouth, followed by bright citrus flavors, Gouda cheese and spice. A very tasty version from a reliable negociant.
- wine tasting note by CM, December 2008
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $18.00/bottle
Bottle size: 375 mL
Bottles Per Case: 24
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Drouhin Pouilly-Fuissé 2008 
Characteristics: What should Pouilly Fuisse taste like? Ah, Pouilly Fuisse should greet you with a warm embrace and leave you yearning for your next encounter. Creamy aromas of sweet and tangy buttermilk lure the nose into apples cut an hour ago and therefore extremely fragrant yet still fresh. Waxy lemon peels twist on a well balanced palate combining the verve unique to Burgundy with a calm, round texture that bears all the aromas along the palate, staying with you through the finish. 13% alcohol by volume
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, February 2011

"A seductive wine and a really nice expression of the Chardonnay grape! The colour is golden, with some green reflections. Among the floral and fruity aromas, almond and ripe grapes dominate. On the palate, the wine is refreshingly pleasant, ethereal in its lightness. Long and refreshing aftertaste".
- wine tasting note by Veronique Drouhin
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $31.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2008 
Characteristics: The southern portion of Burgundy, the Cotes du Beaune is home to the other great Chardonnay wines in the world; Chablis is the other. The wine is generally aged in oak barrels and the fruit is usually riper giving fuller, rounder wines. Sites within the commune vary dramatically in quality and prices. The wines at Premier Cru level and above should be nutty, buttery and toasty, but with racy acidity and often hints of unusual mineral and stony flavours. These are white wines that can reward cellaring for between 5 and 15 years.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $58.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2007 
Characteristics: Drouhin does a fine job of swinging both legs around the style of certainly crisp, mineral, detailed Chablis but with a fuller body. This 2007 village Chablis is quite taut with lead-pipe mineral, flinty-smoke and a savory hazelnut note. There is a little lemon, orange and sea-spray too. This is nothing short of an excellent value. -BH (tasted February 2009)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $240.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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