2015 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune

SKU #1333925 92 points James Suckling

 Very floral and fresh with crushed raspberries and flowers. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and silky. Beautiful and layered. Lovely texture. Drink now.  (4/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The Côte de Beaune from Joseph Drouhin is made up entirely of declassified, small parcels of Beaune premier crus, with the exception of one lieu à dit located up at the top of the slope (next to the premier cru of les Aigrots) that is only entitled to villages status, and another one which lies on the Savigny border and is the upper section of Marconnets. Consequently this is always another excellent value and the 2015 is very, very good, with a 1990-like personality that offers up scents of red and black cherries, chocolate, a touch of violet, pigeon, a good base of soil and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is plush, full-bodied and offers up very pure fruit, with a fine core, modest tannins, a good base of soil and lovely length and grip on the classy finish. Fine juice for the price! (Drink between 2016-2035)  (11/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cote de Beaune Rouge is often my recommendation for Drouhin's "insider" choice for those on a budget. It has a pretty redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouquet with commendable purity that is almost Gevrey-Chambertin in style. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin. It feels a little rigid at the moment, however that is compensated for with fine tension and freshness on the finish. Bet your bottom dollar that this will end up being great value. (NM)  (12/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the expressive nose offers up notes of violet, plum and black cherry that complements well the delicious, round and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess slightly better depth on the ever-so-slightly rustic finale. This too would make for a fine all-around and age-worthy house red as it needs a few years to unwind. *Outstanding Top Value* Drink: 2021+  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Sample. Has to come from Beaune (cf Côte de Nuits which can some from anywhere in the Côte de Nuits.) So this may contain some Beaune premiers crus. They make at least 50 barrels of this. Mid crimson. Quite animal on the nose. Firm and structured. For the long term and very different in stature from the Drouhin Côte de Nuits-Villages. Drink 2020-2030. (JR)  (1/2017)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.