Chambolle Musigny 2009, Domaine Drouhin Laroze, Burgundy, France

Drunk JivaHill Resort, Crozet, France, August 2015 


The winery


Five generations have been running the Domaine Drouhin Laroze for 163 years, Caroline and Nicolas, Christine and Philippe's children represent the sixth.

In 1850, Jean-Baptiste LAROZE started a vineyard operation in Gevrey Chambertin. He was later succeeded by Félix LAROZE.  In 1919, Suzanne, the daughter of Félix, married Alexandre DROUHIN, who owned vines in Chambolle Musigny and the estate was henceforth called Drouhin-Laroze. 

Philippe and Christine Drouhin

Philippe and Christine Drouhin

The wine

The name Chambolle comes from the French word describing the aspect of the foaming Grône stream in the wake of storm showers. Original name: "Campus Ebullien"  (bubbling field).

Vine variety: Pinot Noir
Surface area: 95 hectares
Altitude: 250 to 350 m
Soil: Limestone lightened by gravel and numerous pebbles.
Exposure: Facing East, South-East

This village appellation is obtained from two lieux-dits: Les Baudes in Premier Cru appellation directly below Bonnes Mares - surface area 0.18 hectares - and Les Véroilles in Villages appellation situated immediately above Bonnes Mares - surface area 0.04 hectares. These two parcels were planted in 2000 and 1981 respectively.

The Chambolle-Musigny is matured in 20% new oak barrels and barrels previously used for one wine made from wood from the Allier and Nivernais regions (favour light to medium-plus toasts).

Budburst: April 15, Flowering: May 4, Harvest: September 10

 With the exception of January, 2009 was a hot year. The rest of the year had higher-than-normal average monthly temperatures. As for rainfall, the months of June and July saw heavily excessive average monthly precipitation compared with normal departmental values, while August was very dry. The year was partly sunny, except in July.

Budburst was rapid, with dates close to those of 2005. Flowering occurred during two periods: A first, rapid spell with dates similar to those of 2003, a second spell, delayed by a drop in temperatures.

The weather in the spring and early summer was, as in these last years, an obstacle to the peace of mind of the vine grower, who had to follow phytosanitary risks very closely. The grapes were well formed and shiny, with all the right factors in place for an excellent vintage.

July's repeated and   substantial rainstorms bloated the grape bunches, giving rise to concern over the development of Botrytis. Fortunately, the hot dry weather in August and September put a stop to this and concentrated the structure of the grape bunches. This favourable weather produced early véraison and excellent ripening.

The harvest began on September 10, as planned. It was both abundant and of excellent quality; natural degrees were more than satisfactory. It was green light for the birth of an exceptional vintage. 

FermentedGrape.comTasting notes

2009 was a class Burgundy vintage and this Chambolle-Musigny expresses this feminine style, elegant wine, perfectly . Nice ruby colour in glass. Strong oakey and fruity aromas with a silky smoothness on the palate. The classic flavours of Pinot Noir with raspberry and cherry, great balance with refreshing acidity with lovely earthy, forest floor notes and a liquorice finish. Despite being a villages, this really was excellent.