2017 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin "Dix Climats" (750ml)
Allen Meadows - Burghound.com
Reduction flattens the underlying fruit but there is much better freshness and verve to the quite finely textured medium weight flavors that possess notably better mid-palate concentration as well as better complexity on the balanced and youthfully austere finale. This is a lovely Gevrey villages that is worth considering.
Philippe Drouhin's children, Caroline and Nicolas, now both work at the domaine full-time and are increasingly assuming full responsibility for the wines. They described the 2017 vintage as one where "it was necessary to control yields and be vigilant but otherwise it gave us a relatively easy growing season. We picked from the 6th to the 15th of September and while there were no damaged or rot-tinged berries, we had considerable sorting work to eliminate under ripe berries. We used varying amounts of whole clusters, usually around 25%, though some wines had none and the Très Girard had 100%. At first we were concerned that the wines were taking up their wood much too quickly but as the élevage progressed, it became much better integrated. As to the wines, they're fresh, pretty and express well their individual terroir characteristic plus they should drink reasonably well early on."
note that this may be labeled "Dix Climats" meaning 10 vineyards; vinified with 25% whole clusters