Joseph Drouhin, Rully Blanc
This organic white from one of the most well-known and good value villages in the Cotes Chalonnaise, is charming, gold and pure; it is wonderfully balanced with notes of preserved lemons and almonds. Not overly oaky at all, this is aged for between 6 and 8 months but only 20% in new barrels.
Maison Joseph Drouhin are a family-owned and run company based right in the historical heart of the historic town of Beaune. They are steeped in history. Cellars under their central location run for multiples of kilometres and show evidence of major historical occupations from fragments of Roman walls to the bricks used to hide wine from the Nazis in the 1940s.
All of their wines are certified organic and their own domaine vineyards are biodynamic. You won't see this anywhere on their labels however, because their belief is that quality in the glass is the only way in which their wines should be judged. True, they believe that this is best done via organic farming, but this in itself isn't reason for preferential treatment: that comes when you try their wines! they are sticklers for control, as the organic and biodynamic schedules necessitate, and this is seen in their use of (potentially contentious) oak barrels. All of the oak is selected by Drouhin's wine-makers who insist that all of the timber is aged for a minimum of 3 years in the open air, thus ensuring a tighter grain in the wood and in the end, a far more nuanced and less invasive sense oft he barrel on the wines. To compare, even the very finest coopers in Europe have barrels made from 2-year old timber for some of the most famous wines on the continent - Drouhin's execution is therefore expensive and unusually demanding, but that's the quality they insist on and achieve. It's really nerdy, but someone has to care!
- Medium Bodied
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