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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1999
Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1999
(search item no. 22689)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Located in the South of the Cote de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the famous villages, together with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, making up the prestigious "Cote des blancs" (the slope of the "whites"). Chardonnay is the unique variety used to produce these white wines. It is growing on limestone soil mixed with brown clay. A careful balance between tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin vineyard management and vinification : they have their own nursery. Ploughing and leaf removal are the only methods used. The whole harvest is picked by hand. The grapes are gently and slowly pressed. The juice settles down for a few hours and is then placed in oak barrels. The fermentation starts naturally, with no yeast inoculation. The malolactic fermentation is always led to its natural completion. The wine matures in small oak barrels for 9 to 10 months and receives all the necessary care before bottling. The percentage of new oak varies with the vintage, never exceeding 40%, so that the oak cannot dominate the fruit. Chassagne-Montrachet always has a beautiful, limpid, golden hue. On the nose, there are often delicate nuances of pear, vanilla and almonds flavours. Round and ample on the palate, the wine has length and complexity. It is best served with white meat (turkey, veal) or fish in delicate sauces.
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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.