2013 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $47.94 (reg. $59.94)
When it comes to village level Burgundy, reliable names like Drouhin tend to do exceptionally well thanks to their experience and broad vineyard holdings. Add to that the 30% premier cru fruit Drouhin folded into their Gevrey Chambertin in 2013 and you get a very nice confluence of qualities in the bottle at an outstanding price.
2013 has proved to be a repeated source of surprising Burgundy, “ripe with rewards and is endlessly intriguing,” per Stephen Tanzer. Conditions were tough in that classic Burgundy way that tends to encourage greater character and expression of terroir from the producers with the experience to handle it, and Drouhin has that to be sure, making wine “as good and occasionally better than many bijou cult producers” (Wine Advocate). Burghound seems to agree calling Drouhin’s wines “impressive” and “well worth your attention” with “outstanding length for a villages level wine”
For a village level Burgundy that is transparently true to the Gevrey Chambertin terroir, this 2013 Drouhin is a perfect place to start and should offer a decade of excellent drinking. At under $50 for top quality village pinot that “has been getting better and better with each passing vintage” (VFTC) this is a perfect by-the-case choice for the lovers of casual red Burgundy, especially at the best price around. Cheers!