When we were visiting Burgundy, we wanted to visit some interesting domaines with their own characters. After endless research, we found that many past visitors highly recommended Domaine Drouhin-Laroze. Honestly, it was a domaine that I was not familiar with then. Surprisingly, we found that the reviews of their wines (and food ?!) came out amazing. We approached the domaine, and received a swift and warm welcome from Christine Drouhin, wife of the current winemaker, Philippe.
We arrived at noon that day, and were instantly drawn by the tranquil environment. Rather than a typical winery one would normally see in Burgundy, it was more like a private mansion. Entering the gate, we continued driving along the lane with tall trees on each side, and finally, the mansion revealed itself. Our hosts, Christine and Caroline (daughter of Philippe and Christine), greeted us with their lovely smile.
We were given a quick tour of its cellar and winery before lunch. My stomach had been pounding throughout the visit, as I was eagerly waiting to try their highly acclaimed food. As opposed to tasting from barrels or recently bottled wines as we did at other domaines, Catherine offered us another experience (probably the best way) – pair up Burgundy wines with local delicacies.
We sat down at a table on the patio of their house, facing the vineyard where they plant vines for their Gevrey-Chambertin village wines. While Philippe is a talented winemaker for sure, Christine is an equally talented cooking-mama. We began with freshly baked cheese puffs, followed by grilled eggplant with cheese. Then, Christine brought us a lovely platter full of quiche, pate, terrine, and mushroom. By then, we were quite full already, but really, we couldn’t resist the new platter of local cheeses. Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a dessert, and voila, the yummy and satisfying chocolate mousse simply KO me.
To pair up with this amazing meal, we were recommended to a half bottle of their Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2006. Isn’t it too early to drink a grand cru when it was only a couple years old? A textbook answer would be “yes”, but not in our case. When the juice flowed into the glass, we already surrendered to its expressive floral aromas. It was simply pure, fresh and vibrant, with plenty of red fruits, and ending in a looong and elegant finish. I have no doubt the wine would improve in a decade or so, but drinking it early (along with Christine’s cooking) is certainly another level of enjoyment.
We have since then decided to work with the domaine directly and bring their superb wines to our members. This domaine truly offers an unparalleled portfolio, with 46% of the annual production comes from arguably the best grand crus in Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and Clos de Vougeot.
Check out the long list of new offers from Drouhin-Laroze in our ex-Burgundy section! I guarantee you won’t regret indulging yourself occasionally with wines from Philippe and Catherine. Well, most of their wines are rated 92-95pts by Burghound…