Domaine Joseph Drouhin
Founded in Beaune in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin gradually extended from the Caves of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France (12th to 18th centuries), up to the Moulin de Vaudon (18th century) in Chablis.
Requirement, curiosity of mind, sense of values, passion and daring are transmitted at the same time as knowledge and the intuition of quality.
Today the fourth generation is in charge. Everyone has their role and implements the "Charter of Excellence" of the Drouhin family.
The Joseph Drouhin Estate has been built up over the decades, and today covers 80 hectares in the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis. It is one of the most important in Burgundy, for more than two thirds in Premiers Crus and Grands Crus.
With around 90 appellations, from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating discovery of Burgundy terroirs, in every nuance of their authenticity.
With 80 hectares, the Domaine Joseph Drouhin is one of the largest in the region. It is distributed throughout Burgundy: Chablis (38 hectares), Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, (38.5 hectares), Côte Chalonnaise (3.5 hectares), and includes a majority of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, planted of the two Burgundy grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Estate has grown over time, through judicious acquisitions and family agreements. Some plots are among the most famous wines of Burgundy, such as Clos des Mouches, Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche, Musigny, Clos de Vougeot or Corton-Charlemagne, etc.
For certain municipal and regional appellations, Joseph Drouhin completes his supply from long-standing partner winegrowers, who share his requirements.
From the 2008 vintage, in order to express his attachment to this historic terroir, the name "Vaudon" is now associated with Joseph Drouhin for all of his Chablis wines.
Le Moulin de Vaudon, property of Joseph Drouhin, is an old 18th century water mill, located a few steps from the Grands Crus of Chablis, spanning the Serein, an emblematic river that runs through the city of Chablis and its vineyards. It is the historic seat of the Estate and constitutes an exceptional place within its 38 ha Chablis vineyard.
Seeking above all the right expression of each terroir, the choice of the organic and biodynamic approach was made out of deep conviction. The House's creed: to provide "natural answers to natural problems".
"We respect and perpetuate our soils by promoting plowing on horseback, grassing and natural compost".
"We want to control the quality and perpetuate the genetic heritage of our plants by growing them in our own nursery".
"We are looking for the flowering of our vines through natural practices: treatments from infusion of plants and natural predators in place of synthetic products".
"We favor deep rooting (aged vines) and a high density of planting (up to 12" 500 vines / ha) to allow the vines to best capture the messages of the terroirs ".
" Our production yields, deliberately low , allow our grapes to reveal the nuances of each terroir ".
" We harvest manually in small drilled cases to preserve the integrity of the fruit ".