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2005 Joseph Drouhin Griotte-Chambertin

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France Direct
Expected Arrival:
January, 2023
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8461064 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $500
Item Sold Amount Date
I8511561 1 $500 Nov 6, 2022
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This is a study in silk and velvet with a ripe, elegant and refined nose featuring very red berry fruit aromas and hints of smoked meat, wood spice and anise that merge seamlessly into dense and concentrated flavors...

94Stephen Tanzer

Musky soil tones complicate the high-pitched raspberry, blood orange, rose petal and mineral aromas and flavors. Penetrating and pristine, with superb intensity and definition to the perfumed palate.

93The Wine Advocate

Cherry, cranberry, mint and brown spices in the nose lead to a juicy, fresh-fruited, fruit-pit accented, and overtly chalky palate. Ultra-refined in tannins.

93Wine Spectator

A spicy version, with lovely cherry and floral flavors underneath. Elegant, yet deep and concentrated, needing time to resolve the oak and firm structure. There's nice sweet fruit from start to long finish.


Joseph Drouhin

Maison Joseph Drouhin is one of Burgundy’s most venerable estates. It was founded in 1880 by Joseph Drouhin, who bought a 100-year old negociant business and began acquiring parcels in such legendary appellations as Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot. By the mid-20th century the 148-acre estate was being run by Robert Drouhin, who continued to acquire vineyards and improve the quality of the wine. (Robert also purchased 100 acres in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where his daughter makes Oregon Pinot Noirs under the Domaine Drouhin label.) The maison makes Grand Cru, Premier Cru and villages wines in Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais. Noted Burgundy expert Clive Coates has called the maison “one of the most perfectionist” of the Burgundy producers, and Robert M. Parker Jr. notes that Drouhin’s wines “are among the very best of the modern style of red and white Burgundies.”


France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin

Griotte-Chambertin, sometimes spelled Griottes-Chambertin, is in Robert M. Parker Jr.’s words “a miniscule jewel of a vineyard” at just 6.7 acres. It is located across the road from Clos de Beze and produces only 800 cases of wine a year. The soil is extremely thin but the vineyard has excellent drainage, and wine writers all seem to agree that wines from Griotte-Chambertin are outstanding. Clive Coates writes that “Griotte has a poise and individuality that raises it above all but the very best Charmes.” Principal landholders are Ponsot/Domaine des Chezeaux, 2.23 acres; Rene Leclerc/Domaine des Chezeaux, 1.88 acres; and Joseph Drouhin, 1.33 acres.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.