Joseph Drouhin, Laforet, Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, 2005, Red-wine from France

3 points

Even though after I opened it two days ago it didn’t become an exceptional experience drinking this Pinot Noir of Joseph Drouhin.

First of all it surprisingly young, fresh and very straight forward. Secondly it is really dry and without some extravagancies. I read somewhere that the wine is fruity, but I would disagree. Obvious fruity notes as raspberry and red currant but there isn’t anything too dominant. It’s likeable that the wine is light, negligible tannins but still – considering missing character – balanced. A little bit smoky and with some memories of leather, that what comes along as well.

Considering the huge variety of wine produced under the brand of Joseph Drouhin this wine is either not a flagship of the vinery than something which is exceptionally well promoted. This is very probably just some average wine. Nevertheless aside of some of the most exclusive wines of a wine factory as Drouhin somehow this wine has quality.

According to their webpage the Maison Drouhin has been in the hands of Drouhin family since 130 year. They control almost 90 appellations which mean vineyards. Most of them are around Beaune, mostly one in all other famous places as Pommard or Nuits Saintes Georges and more than five in Chablis . I don’t know how large these appellations are, but it sounds a lot. In France it is rather the standard that each wine is a mix of sorts or at least origins of grapes. Most of French wines are not made of vines of one single vineyard. Although it requires high standards at each vineyard, the real wine and its quality rather is based in the selection and the work in the cellar. This said, you could say that Drouhin is rather the brand of big selections of different wines from Burgundy – white and red ones. Véronique Drouhin-Boss is the current winemaker and continues this impressive family tradition of winemaking.

The size of Drouhin wine making empire reminds me to the Italian winemaker’s family Antinori. While I reviewed one of their wines I was more satisfied: Very interesting when I found out that there is even an association called Primum Familia Vini: both vineries are members. So far this association has only twelve members – only by invitation – and of course all of them belong the world’s finest wine-producing families. This must be a very exclusive club, so exclusive that only this twelve families decide by themselves who could be another fine wine-producing family. I actually know plenty of great wine making families, without this industrial and for my taste too selfish approach.

Anyhow, I probably should try some of other wines of Drouhin to understand why they belong to this exclusive club of twelve families.

This is the link to the vinery: