30 minutes in the decanter will reveal the layers of smoke, earth, orange peel and white pepper. After even more time, a mix of red and black fruits come forward: black cherry, cassis, rhubarb and currant.
Pinot Noir is well-suited to pair with poultry, beef, fish, ham, lamb and pork. It will play well with creamy sauces, spicy seasonings and may just be one of the world's most versatile food wines.
"Bright and sleek, offering pretty blackberry and red plum flavors that stay intense as the finish lingers effortlessly, with chocolate complexity, against refined tannins."
"Deep red. Spicecake, raspberry and dried rose on the fragrant nose. Fresh and energetic in the mouth, offering sappy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and notes of five-spice powder and anise. Weightier on the finish, which features a bitter cherry quality, a hint of smokiness and clinging red fruit character. This is balanced to age over at least the medium term."
International Wine Cellar
"The Domaine Drouhin 2009 Pinot Noir Laurene delivers rich dark cherry and plum fruit, its persistent but in no way superficial sweetness wreathed in bitter-sweet floral perfume and allied to a vaguely stony undertone. Almost velvety in texture, this nonetheless finishes with a grip that implies abundant if fine tannins. It doesn't – indeed, given its vintage, almost surely couldn't – approach the infectious sheer primary juiciness of the corresponding 2010; nor does it strike me for now as being any more complex than the highly impressive (and much less expensive) 'classique' (i.e. Drouhin's principal bottling). But it's surely worth following for at least half a dozen years, during which time it might well reveal its superiority. 'You had to be really cautious with extraction in this vintage,' notes Bell of 2009, 'because there was a lot of dry skin material in the cap.'"
The Wine Advocate