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Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Secher Premier Cru 2008

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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WS 92
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.

W&S 92
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.

WE 92
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.

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Joseph Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin

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Joseph Drouhin, , France - Other regions
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.

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA responsible for a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington State’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA extends into northern Oregon as well. Because of its vast size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which is further split into three more even smaller AVAs. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences cold winters and long, dry growing seasons. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling, the styles of which depend on the warmth of the site. Citrus and green apple are common to both in cooler sites, while warmer vineyards will produce riper, fleshier stone fruit flavors.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

WWH116806_2008 Item# 105712

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