Joseph Drouhin 2020s: ‘Elegance & refinement’ – Allen Meadows

Joseph Drouhin 2020s

‘Elegance & refinement’ – Allen Meadows

‘The 2020 white Burgundies clearly number among the very best produced in the last two decades.’ – Wine Advocate

2020 was an exceptional vintage in Burgundy, but the wines are in short supply! According to Allen Meadows of Burghound fame, the 2020s from benchmark producer Joseph Drouhin are ‘well worth seeking out’. Allocations for 2021 will be even slimmer, so now is the time to fill those Burgundy boots.

Drouhin’s 2020 Chablis Vaudon is ‘a classic’, enthuses Jancis Robinson, and at R420, it’s one of the best priced Chablis out there. Their Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche is consistently classy. ‘Superb,’ writes Neal Martin, and ‘convincing stuff’, says Robinson of the 2020.

For reds that offer value, look to their Côte-de-Beaune and Volnay village wines. The allocation for this vintage was so small that we opted to purchase some of their delicious 2018s again too! ‘Beaune is the hidden gem in the Côte d’Or,’ and ‘there is certainly a sense of forward momentum in Volnay,’ says Martin of the 2020s.

‘The Drouhin style of elegance and refinement seems to marry particularly well with hotter, riper vintages and such is the case in 2020.’ – Allen Meadows

2020 seems blessed by more freshness than 2019. It was the earliest vintage to date, without the prolonged heatwave of 2019. The warm days were rarer, the nights cooler, and the grapes exceptionally healthy. The whites are classic, saline and mineral, while the reds are energetic, powerful and effortlessly balanced. View the full range here.

Since its founding in 1880, Joseph Drouhin has been considered one of the best and most consistent producers in Burgundy. With 73 hectares of biodynamically-farmed vines in close to 90 different appellations, they offer a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs.

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