Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Secher Premier Cru 2008
Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
A characteristic and elegant wine. The colour is pale yellow with a greenish glint so typical of Chablis. On the nose, the aromas bring to mind citrus, white flowers and nearly salty notes. On the palate, the first impression is clear-cut and fresh. Long on the aftertaste, with fruity as well as mineral flavors; a honey-like sensation when the wine is more evolved.
Wine Spectator - "Steely and tight, with plenty of energy. A vein of mineral and a racy structure propel the lemon, apple and melon flavors. Balanced, with tension and a lingering flinty aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2022. 70 cases imported. "
Wine Enthusiast - "On the south bank of the River Serein, Secher is one of the lesser known Premiere Crus. This is a cool, crisp wine, emphasizing both green fruits and and underlying buttery touch. Beautifully integrated acidity frames the wine. "
Wine & Spirits - "Tart and young, this has a tension to its rich chardonnay flavor, a dark-grained intensity that fills out the plate. There's a fresh lemon verbena scent that lasts, hinting at the flavor development to come and suggesting a match with Asian dishes when the wine is more fully mature."
International Wine Cellar - "Pale, bright yellow. Delicate, high-pitched aromas of violet, lavender and ginger. Then dense and primary in the mouth, with excellent breadth but a noteworthy light touch to its talc and crushed stone flavors. The ineffable high notes carry through on the palate of this very dry, subtly persistent premier cru."
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Joseph Drouhin Winery
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. View all Joseph Drouhin Wines
About ChablisView a map of Chablis wineries
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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