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Drouhin Laroze Gevrey Chambertain 2011

Family domaine making wines since 1851 based in Gevrey Chambertain. The estate is currently run by Philippe and Christine Drouhin, assisted by their children Caroline and Nicolas. They represent the 5th and 6th generations of the family.

Holdings stretch over 11.5Ha today including six Grand Cru sites (representing around 40% of the total), a number of Premier Cru plots in Gevrey Chambertain, as well as Village level vineyards within Cote de Nuits.

Careful vineyard management is central to their philosophy. Regular between-row tillage, early cluster thinning, thorough leaf removal and picking by hand all contribute to the growth of optimum-quality grapes.

In the cellar a long, natural process of maturing lasts 18 months. Grand Cru wines are matured in new barrels, Premier Cru in 50% new barrels and Villages wines mostly in barrels used in one previous vintage. Once the maturing process is complete, wines are bottled on the estate without fining or filtering.

The Gevrey-Chambertin Village cuvee is composed from eight parcels situated in the following lieux-dits - En Combe, En Champs, En Vignes Belles, Croix des Champs, En Jouise, En Pallud, Aux Mairchais and Aux Epointures.

The wine is matured mostly in oak barrels previously used for one vintage made from wood from the Allier and Nivernais regions. This is supplemented by up to 20% new oak. During vinification they make make five or six different cuvées from the different lieux-dits, and then blend prior to bottling.

Earthy, dark berried fruit on the nose. The palate offers freshness with a delicate body and a soft whisper of wood treatment. Tannins are well integrated, offering a silky texture. Quite rustic, round overall, yet still refined and elegant.
Pair with Epoisses, beef fondue, coq au vin.