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Drouhin | Joseph & Vaudon

In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, seeking a base for marketing wine under his own name, acquired the cellars of a Beaune firm founded in 1756. The vintner prospered, ultimately purchasing the winemaking facilities of the Dukes of Burgundy, a site located in Beaune's ancient centre ville.

Two generations later, Robert Jousset-Drouhin, grandson of the founder and heir apparent to the firm, completed the international education befitting a modern Burgundy ambassador -a far-flung tour of duty in France, Germany, England and Africa-before enrolling in wine school for a five year apprenticeship. Here the storybook scenario unravelled.

Second generation director, Maurice, suffered a stroke in 1957, leaving Robert-an untested 24-year-old-in charge of Burgundy's most storied firm. Happily, the task proved undaunting. Young Robert quickly revealed wisdom beyond his years in the cellar, and displayed even greater genius as a businessman; Drouhin became the first Beaune negociant to recognize and respond to the emergence of a new Burgundian order, farmers. 

Once dependent on the likes of Drouhin, Jadot or Faiveley to produce wine from grapes that the growers, themselves, lacked the ambition or financial wherewithal to vinify, were slowly grasping the advantages of "vertical integration"—handling their own wine, as estate producers, from grape to market. Facing the spectre of a grower stranglehold on supplies, Robert moved briskly to protect his firm's interests, acquiring choice parcels of land in Volnay, Aloxe, Echézeaux, Chambolle, Gevrey, Chablis and Puligny.

More critical to the wine lover is Robert's performance with this marquee acreage, which has gone from strength to strength during the vintner's 42 year reign. Drouhin, now 66, is one of Burgundy's most revered personalities-a thoughtful and methodical man who has seamlessly woven intelligent innovation with the best elements of time-honored tradition. Drouhin, the pioneer, was one of the first Burgundy vintners to practice leaf canopy management as a method for permitting grape bunches to benefit from full exposure to the sun, and was one of the first winemakers, as well, to employ crop thinning and high-density vine cultivation as techniques for intensifying fruit flavor (Drouhin's vineyards are the most densely-planted in Burgundy, with 5000 vines/acre). Still, there is much in Robert's daily routine that would look familiar to his grandfather Joseph. “We have tested the new against the old,” claims Drouhin in Clive Coates’ Côte d’Or; “mostly we find the traditional has much to recommend it.”

In that spirit Robert uses wild yeasts rather than their laboratory-bred counterpart, and selects root stock generated by his 60-year-old vines in “Clos des Mouches” in preference to miracle clones developed by the region's plant geneticists. And if Drouhin’s aggressive techniques for intensifying character-long vatting on the skins, at surprisingly high temperatures-seem the fingerprints of a winemaking "interventionist", that suspicion dissolves instantly with a stroll through Drouhin’s caves, Robert populates his cellar with a scant 10-20% new oak, to prevent “foreign” flavors from intruding on his fragile Burgundies.

Available Wines

2018 Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages

2015 Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

2017 Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

2015 Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge

2017 Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge

2014 Drouhin Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 6/750

2016 Drouhin Brouilly

2019 Drouhin Cask Nouveau Beaujolais 1/15L

2018 Drouhin Chablis Reserve de Vaudon

2015 Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 6/750

2014 Drouhin Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 6/750

2010 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny

2015 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny

2016 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny

2014 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

2017 Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin 6/750

2016 Drouhin Chassagne Montrachet Embazees 1er Cru

2017 Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc

2015 Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Laguiche

2017 Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Laguiche

2011 Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

2017 Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune Rouge

2009 Drouhin Corton-Charlmagne 6/750

2016 Drouhin Cote de Beaune

2014 Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages

2015 Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages

2016 Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages

2016 Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages Rouge

2017 Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages Rouge

2015 Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetieres 1er Cru

2015 Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin Rouge

2016 Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin Rouge

2015 Drouhin Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru 6/750

2017 Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay

2018 Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay

2018 Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir

2015 Drouhin Macon Lugny

2016 Drouhin Macon Lugny

2018 Drouhin Macon-Villages Blanc

2019 Drouhin Macon-Villages Blanc

2015 Drouhin Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 6/750

2015 Drouhin Meursault Blanc

2016 Drouhin Meursault Blanc

2017 Drouhin Meursault Blanc

2015 Drouhin Meursault Perrieres

2017 Drouhin Montrachet Laguiche 6/750

2015 Drouhin Morey St Denis Clos Sorbe 1er Cru

2009 Drouhin Morey St. Denis

2019 Drouhin Nouveau Beaujolais

2012 Drouhin Nuits St Georges Le Proces 1er Cru

2015 Drouhin Pommard

2016 Drouhin Pouilly Vinzelles

2018 Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse

2016 Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 24/375

2017 Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 24/375

2015 Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet

2017 Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet

2015 Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres

2017 Drouhin Rully Blanc

2017 Drouhin Rully Rouge

2018 Drouhin Saint-Veran

2016 Drouhin Santenay Rouge

2015 Drouhin Savigny les Beaune

2018 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis

2017 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru

2010 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

2015 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 6/750

2017 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Montmains 1er Cru

2009 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Sechers 1er Cru

2014 Drouhin Volnay

2012 Drouhin Vosne Romanee

2016 Drouhin Vosne Romanee

2017 Drouhin Vosne Romanee

2016 Drouhin Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Petits Monts 6/750

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