BR10220

Bonnes Mares grand cru, Drouhin-Laroze 2020



£220.00

75cl ALC 13.5%

Intense, big, rich and brooding, there is plenty of ripe, unctuous fruit with some present but rounded tannins and some savoury notes on the finish of coffee and smoked bacon.


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France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny

Still Red

100% Pinot Noir

Medium-bodied

Keep

2020

Beef, Steak

13.5%

75cl

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze

With house and cellars on a large leafy plot within the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, family run Domaine Drouhin-Laroze estate has 11.5 ha of vines.

Their pride and joy is a wonderfully large 1.5 ha holding of Clos de Bèze which was reputedly bought by granny Drouhin on a whim whilst out walking the dog! These days a huge dog called Higgins often provides a welcome before the descent into one cavernous cellar then down into another. These cellars were the work of Prussian soldiers in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, and are rare in being of exactly the same dimensions. The domaine was established in Gevrey-Chambertin in 1850 when Jean-Baptiste Laroze started a vineyard operation. His granddaughter Suzanne Laroze married Alexandre Drouhin in 1919, and henceforth the estate was known as known as Drouhin-Laroze. It is now run by Philippe and Christine Drouhin, and more and more by their offspring, Caroline and Nicolas, who represent the sixth generation. They employ a rigorous selection of grapes during several pickings in the vineyard and on the sorting table, making as a result many very noteworthy wines. The range includes an enviable six grand crus and four premier crus, mostly in Gevrey-Chambertin, but in Chambolle too where they have a slither of Musigny and a chunkier 1.5 ha of Bonnes-Mares. Their small négoce business is called Laroze de Drouhin.

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Vintage guide

The region basked under the summer sun in 2022, and thanks to cool nights the wines have avoided excess alcohol while retaining elegance, it all looks very promising. The 2021 vintage was severely affected by frost in the spring which means yields are historically low, the wines are fresh and juicy. 2020 was one of the earliest vintages on record following a warm summer but the wines have an appealing freshness too, like a combination of the previous two vintages. There was an absence of frost in 2019 but yields were still restricted, this time by drought, the resulting wines have great richness and concentration. A very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. They are more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure.

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