2009 Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Burghound: 89
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Cote de Beaune offers up sweet tobacco, crushed flowers and dried cherries. This soft, forward Burgundy is best enjoyed over the near-term. This is from young vines in Clos des Mouches and other declassified 1er Cru parcels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017.

Drouhin farms 75 hectares of vineyards according to biodynamic principles. Maceration and fermentation lasts about three weeks. The wines are then racked into oak in a cold part of the cellar to slow down the malos, although in 2009 they were entirely done by December. The estate leaves the wines on their lees for several months with one racking, or two if needed, prior to being assembled for bottling. New oak ranges from 25% for the entry-level wines to 50-65% for the grand crus. Veronique Drouhin thinks the 2009s will stay open throughout their lives, much as the 1985s have. All of these 2009s were bottled between early December, 2010 and January, 2011." (WA)

"A very fresh red pinot fruit nose is nuanced by floral and spice hints as well as a touch of the sauvage that can also be found on the lightly mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the slightly firmer finish. Lovely and worth a look." (BH)