STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Maison Joseph Drouhin is one of the most highly regarded producers in Burgundy, both as a grower as they own 80 ha of vineyards, but also as a negociant and is run by the fourth generation of the family. Such is the patchwork nature of Burgundy that they create wines in an incredible 90 appellations from rare icons such as their Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet Grand cru to more humble volume appellations like Bourgogne Rouge. Organic and biodynamic viticulture may be trendy these days but Drouhin began introducing organic practices in 1990 and gradually moved on to biodynamic. Their philosophy is “to bring natural answers to natural problems”. Not surprisingly their non-interventionist approach the wines have a reputation for elegance.
The village of Bussières is in the located close to the appellation of Pouilly Fuissé on soils which are mainly clay and chalk, which particularly suit Chardonnay. The vines are low yielding to help to showcase the terroir and after gentle pressing are fermented with natural occurring yeasts in temperature controlled vats. Some of the wine is aged in large 500lt barrels and the rest on their lees in vats. The result is a wine with both freshness and depth with minerality and purity and notes of white flowers, pear and peach and a light creaminess. The 2019 vintage was a good one with ripe grapes balanced by good natural acidity.