2013 Griotte Chambertin
By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2013 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The 2013 vintage in Burgundy was a year that commanded the attention of producers and connoisseurs alike, marked by challenging climatic conditions that ultimately yielded wines of exceptional character. Maison Joseph Drouhin's prowess is exemplified in their 2013 Griotte Chambertin, offering the discerning investor an opulent glimpse into the resilience and finesse inherent in this storied terroir.
Patience and Precision: The Hallmarks of Quality
Maison Joseph Drouhin, with its meticulous approach to viniculture, has navigated the 2013 vintage's caprices with skilled patience. The result is a Griotte Chambertin displaying the distinctive attributes of Maison Joseph Drouhin's craftsmanship. This spellbinding Pinot Noir, harvested from the heart of the Côte de Nuits, expresses the intricacies imparted by a season which began with a hesitant spring, lingered through a cool summer, and culminated in an unexpectedly gracious autumn.
Rarity in Resilience: A Wine of Profound Depth and Potential
Tasting the 2013 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin unveils layers of dark cherry and earthy undertones—a trademark echo of its Griotte-Chambertin name. A wine marked by both grace and vitality stands as a testament to the profound resilience of both grape and grower. It has a structure that assures aficionados of its longevity, yet it already portends an elegance that will unfurl splendidly over time.
The investable potential of this unique vintage lies in its rarity and emerging maturity. As the 2013 Griotte Chambertin ascends gradually to the peak of its expression, it represents a valuable asset for those seeking to diversify their portfolio with Burgundian gems that narrate a tale of overcoming adversity with splendour.In conclusion, the allure of the 2013 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin attracts both sensory appreciation and financial acumen. Its unfolding patina mirrors both the intricacies of its vintage and the timeless appeal that is synonymous with diligent stewardship of land and grape by a venerated producer. Investing in this particular nectar is to own a chapter of Burgundy’s undulating history—a narrative woven with climatic challenges transmuted into liquid triumph.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2013 Griotte-Chambertin was cropped on October 8, partial whole-cluster with a 23-day maceration, and will spend slightly longer in oak. It was a small harvest of only three barrels (18 hectoliters per hectare). This sample had not been racked. It has an exuberant, almost Bonnes-Mares-like bouquet with small black cherries, blueberry, truffle and attractive chalky scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a very sensual entry, the oak a little conspicuous at the moment, but that will be subsumed with time. Plush and luxuriant, try to resist this for several years after bottling. This is "killer juice" (not a technical term) from Drouhin.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2014