January 2019 Wine Club White

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Maison Joseph Drouhin was started by the Drouhin family 130 years ago. The fourth generation of the family is currently at the helm. From its inception Maison Joseph Drouhin has been dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the terroirs of Burgundy in all their authenticity and subtle variations. The wines are made bio-dynamically, with all procedures respecting the soil, the vine, and the environment.

The Mâcon-Villages is an appellation for dry white wines made from the Chardonnay grape in the Mâconnais area of southern Burgundy. The soil here consists of clay and chalk from the Jurassic era, which is very favorable to the cultivation of the Chardonnay grape. Joseph Drouhin keeps their yields purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the soil.

The grapes are pressed very slowly to retain all the flavor from the fruit in the wine. No artificial yeasts or enzymes are used in vinification. The wine is aged for six to eight months in stainless steel vats. During the aging process the wine is tasted and evaluated several times to ensure a true expression of the terroir and the character of the vintage.

In 2016 the spring frost did not affect the Mâconnais area. Hence the crop was homogenous and the wines aromatic. Head winemaker Véronique Boss-Drouhin says this about the wine, “The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste.”

This wine is ready to be enjoyed right now, but will also cellar for up to 3 years.

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