Highlights: Joseph Drouhin Chorey-Les-Beaune 2017 Bourgogne, France

This is a small appellation around the tiny village of Chorey, at the foot of the hill of Corton, with (as you’d expect) clay and limestone soils. Drouhin have 1.3 hectares here, and the average age of the vines is 53 years. The vines are farmed biodynamically (organic certification since 1990). High density plantations (10-12.5 k vines/ha). Harvesting is by hand in small open crates. Wild-yeast ferments, punched down once a day until half of fermentation is done, then one pumping over (remontage) per day till the end of the fermentation. Aged in barrel (10% in new oak).

Joseph Drouhin Chorey-Les-Beaune 2017 Bourgogne, France
13.5% alcohol. This is lovely: with sweet cherry and berry fruits, and some raspberry crunch, it has lovely bright fruit with nice freshness and focus. There’s a subtle cedary edge with some savoury notes and a touch of iodine and spice. The fruit is the focus here. This has a really nice texture with some silkiness to the red fruit character. Very pure and quite elegant. 93/100 (£19.99 Waitrose)

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