2016 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits-Villages

SKU #1384140 John Gilman

 The 2016 Côte de Nuits-Villages from Maison Joseph Drouhin is a lovely wine this year. It will drink well from the moment it is released and would make a marvelous addition to a well-stocked wine list, as it offers up a fine nose of red and black cherries, espresso, a touch of meatiness, dark soil tones and plenty of smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, wide open and easy-going structurally, with a plush core, little backend tannin, but fine focus and balance on the long and succulent finish. A very fine example. (Drink between 2018-2028)  (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid crimson. Much darker fruited than the Beaune, more savoury and spiced on the nose. Smooth but firm in a light, elegant and dark-fruited fragrance. Less expressive than the Beaune but impressive persistence. Long, lightly chewy finish. (JH) 16.5/20  (11/2017)

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2019 | Send Email
A terroir-driven style with gentle dark fruits and uplifting spice, this was a bit firm out of the gate but the fruit flavors were coaxed out with an hour of air. It was a perfect match with my dinner of tarragon-and-Dijon-coated chicken thighs and roasted fingerling potatoes.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2018 | Send Email
I was lucky enough to have a wonderful sit-down tasting with Véronique Drouhin, who graciously poured an array of amazing offerings while providing facts and stories that gave a great backstory to why many of the wines outperformed their neighbors. While they make stunning Grand Crus and Premier Crus, one wine that always stands out as a bargain to me is the Côte de Nuits-Villages. The 2016 Villages has good structure, with elegant red fruit and subtle spice notes all wrapped around a sleek, feminine body. This is a pretty wine that showcases everything there is to love about the Côte de Nuits without emptying your wallet.

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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.