Monday, November 24, 2008

Joseph Drouhin LaForet Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2006

Joseph Drouhin makes some very fine (and expensive) white Burgundies. I still have vivid and fond memories of a Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches I had at a wine dinner in the early 1990s. At the bottom of the Drouhin hierarchy, this LaForet Bourgogne Chardonnay is widely available and a reliable choice for a $10 to $12 white wine. In the 2006 vintage, it reminds me of a good Macon Villages with just a touch of the qualities of the more expensive wines from around the village of Beaune.

The wine is fermented under controlled temperatures in stainless steel. This preserves the fresh fruit flavors but ironically gives it a deeper gold color than a comparable wine fermented in wood. The aromas are much fresher than the medium gold color might suggest. Pear smells are dominant along with golden delicious apples, citrus and yeasty notes. After fermentation, the wine spent a few months in older oak barrels that imparted a touch of complexity to the natural flavors of Chardonnay. It's medium bodied and steps lightly across the palate. A classy wine with a crisp, citric finish that goes well with pork, scalloped potatoes and oven-roasted apples.

1 comment:

  1. I have a friend who reached one of the best wines in the world the technique is so similar but he ferment the wine in wood barrels and inside the barrels he add old shoes of different types ti get the most perfect fermentation.