1997 Griotte Chambertin
By Maison Joseph Drouhin
1997 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The 1997 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin stands as a crowning achievement that unfolds the intricate layers of a distinctly challenging year in Burgundy. This exuberant vintage encapsulates the resilience and skill of the vignerons in translating capricious climatic whims into a wine of pure enchantment.
A Vintage Singularity: Noteworthy Investment Calibre
Maison Joseph Drouhin's steadfast commitment to terroir and tradition has sculpted their 1997 offerings into prime candidates for discerning wine investment portfolios. With qualitative measures rivaling their quantitative scarcity, connoisseurs and investors alike vie for the exceptional Griotte Chambertin from this finite vintage.
Burgundian Complexity, Defined by Nature’s Nuance
The autumnal milieu of 1997 bestowed upon the vines an earlier harvest, inciting a race against time to harness the full potential of the grapes. The resulting wine offers a mélange of ripe cherry notes accompanied by earthy undertones and a delicate hint of spice - a symphony orchestrated by an experienced maître de chai.
The palate is greeted with robust, yet meticulously refined tannins that tell tales of the well-drained limestone soils specific to the vineyard’s prized location. A subtle acidity, bearing the hallmark of meticulous vinification methods, carries through to ensure this Griotte Chambertin is endowed with longevity; thus ensuring its capacity to develop further nuances in the bottle.
Matured with grace, the '97 now reveals an opulent robe with tinges reminiscent of garnet jewels, signalling its readiness for those who have patiently awaited its pinnacle of evolution.In summary, as we weave through Burgundy's tapestry of vintages, it becomes apparent that the 1997 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin demands recognition not only for its individual merits but also as an eminent illustration of vinous tenacity triumphing over nature's hurdles. A cherished addition to one's investable compendium, it offers a sublime reflection on the symbiosis between a challenging year and exceptional winemaking resilience.
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Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999