A mosaic is like a jigsaw puzzle, made up of countless small pieces that in the end add up to something big, whole and perfect. These little pieces - let's call them appellations in our case - do not have to be made of the same material. The only important thing is that they fit together perfectly and fuse with each other. This is precisely the secret of Burgundy's terroir: "It is a magical mosaic of vineyard parcels - so-called climats, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites," enthuses Mathieu Buvel, the marketing manager of the Joseph Drouhin winery. And it is precisely this interplay of many small individual vineyards and plots that the renowned traditional house draws from: There are 100 appellations - from Chablis to Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise to Mâconnais - in the entire Burgundy wine-growing region that form the basis for the wines of Joseph Drouhin. Among them are many Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, such as Clos des Mouches, Musigny, Amoureuses, Corton-Charlemange or Bèze. "Our passion is to discover and interpret the greatest terroirs of Burgundy," Buvel makes clear.
The story of Maison Joseph Drouhin began when the enterprising 22-year-old namesake settled in Beaune in 1880 and laid the foundations for a fascinating winemaking history. Even then, his goal was to produce wines of high quality. A maxim that has been carried on by the family over the past 150 years - and still is today, into the fourth generation. Highest quality, know-how and experience are a valuable treasure on which everything is based. Today, the estate comprises 93 hectares of vineyards, which are among the biggest names in Burgundy and are cultivated entirely according to the principles of organic and biodynamic viticulture. "We use only natural products and all the measures we take show the greatest respect for the soil, the vines and the environment - certified since 1988. We let things take their natural course in the vineyard and intervene as little as possible," Buvel continues. This approach is the decisive basis for capturing the originality of the terroir in the best possible way and thereby bringing out the style of the vintage. Coupled with the promising attributes of finesse, elegance and harmony, this is what makes up the style of Joseph Drouhin wines. "A style that consists of dreams and pleasure," says the long-standing companion of the traditional house.
It is in the two grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, that the Maison Joseph Drouhin captures the magical mosaic of Burgundy - and whose perfection and revelation are attentively and yet consciously accompanied by the cellar master duo Jérôme Faure-Brac and Véronique Boss-Drouhin with plenty of freedom to develop the wines themselves. "Part of our wines are aged in cellars covering one hectare in the heart of Beaune. Our bottles also age there." To say that these vaults are historic is almost an understatement: in the 4th century they served as Roman fortifications, were used by the canons in the 13th century, later by the dukes of Burgundy and also by the kings of France. Interweaving this history with one's own inevitably leads to respect for this great heritage being lived out in the family as a matter of course. And this is always paired with French facilité - lightness - and a love of pleasure. After all, "The more you enjoy wine, the more likely you are to come to Drouhin," Buvel says with a wink.
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