2006 Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres
2006 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres
From a vineyard farmed by the Drouhin family even though they do not own it, their 2006 Meursault Perrieres is dominated by lemon and grapefruit with sheer crushed stone. (With this site anyone trying to keep the notions of terroir influence and mineral vocabulary separate is sorely challenged – and not just by the name of the vineyard!) With its firmness, overt stoniness, and penetrating finish, this could be Corton Charlemagne. Notes of toasted nuts add low-tones to the tonal register, and this finishes with impressive depth and peristence. It is certainly more impressively concentrated than it is charming, but it should be worth following for at least 6-8 years, and apt to improve. The 2005 is more forceful, and at least as adamantly mineral.
by David Schildknecht, Issue #180, December 2008
--The Wine Advocate
2006 Domaine/Maison Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres
Ripe but subdued aromas of peach and stone. Deep but extremely closed, with noteworthy intensity to its crushed stone flavor. According to Frederic Drouhin, this was most impressive from cask, but today it's downright inscrutable. Almost certain to merit a higher score with four or five years of cellaring. 90+ points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Maison Joseph Drouhin 2006 Meursault "Perrières" ♥
Producer note: I tasted this visit with Véronique, Philippe and Frédéric Drouhin, who as a group noted that "2006 was a challenging growing season with extremes occurring in both July and August and then a great September saved the harvest. We began picking the whites on September 20th and continued through the 26th. The fruit was very ripe, in fact certain parcels had some surmaturité and as such, there was essentially no need to chaptalize. While rot was not really an issue for the chardonnay, we did have to carefully press and make sure that we kept only the cleanest and finest lees. We also did basically no lees stirring as it was clear that the wines would be very rich. We also fined the wines, which made a big difference in the precision of the flavors. In contrast to the reds, which initially we were worried about before they completed their malos, the '06 whites were delicious and accessible essentially from the beginning all the way through bottling. We've also elected to bottle a bit earlier than usual as the wines are very fresh, vibrant and relatively fine and they had arrived at a point where we didn't think we had anything further to gain in their development." There are a number of very fine whites chez Drouhin in 2006, in fact, this is the best top to bottom vintage that I have seen here in a number of years.
Tasting note: Not surprisingly, this is the most elegant wine to this point, in fact it's the most elegant wine in the entire range with its discreetly oaked nose that sets off the green apple, wet stone and white flower aromas as well as the lemon peel suffused flavors that are impressively delineated, even chiseled on the vibrant and tension filled finish that seems to go on and on. This is really pretty and already completely harmonious.
Tasted: Jul 01, 2008
--Allen Meadows' Burghound.com
Grape Variety : Chardonnay.
Site: a few kilometers south of Beaune, in the prestigious area known as Côte des Blancs (slope of the whites).
History & tradition: at the center of the Meursault appellation. The vineyards were given their names at a very early time, according to the general aspect of the land or the type of vegetation which grew there. This is why we find names such as "genévriers" (juniper trees), "tilleuls" (linden trees), or "Perrières" (stony soil).
Soil: poor soil, with outcrops of dry, chalky layers.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 45hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers (long-term contracts).
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
No yeasts or enzymes are used. The wine goes directly into barrels after débourbage (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 12 months
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Follow-up: barrel by barrel.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A complex and generous wine, with a rare elegance. The colour is extraordinarily luminous. On the nose, a palette of interesting and varied aromas: syrup, grilled almond, preserved fruit. In the mouth, a silky and ample texture which does not exclude freshness or lightness. Long on the palate, with flavours recalling grilled bread and fruit jam. Always a consummate example of a white Burgundy, this wine is perfection!".
The whites are ample, rich and velvety in texture. Their acidity level is not high, which gives them a lot of charm. It is remarkable to discover in this vintage all the different facets of terroir. It is a text-book vintage that consumers should use as a reference to discover the characteristics of each and every appellation.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 8 to 25 years.
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