Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 2007
Philippe Drouhin describes the 2007 growing season as one that “began extremely early followed by a very early flowering. Unfortunately truly poor weather installed itself in the late spring and lasted all summer, up until 15 days before harvest. Even then, the temperatures weren’t really all that much warmer but there was a strong vent du nord (north wind) that dried up the rot and concentrated sugars as well as acidities. Still, there was an enormous sorting job to be done and they wound up with 40% less than a normal crop. They waited a few days after the majority of their neighbors and commenced on the 4th of September, bringing in sugars that were surprisingly good at between 12.5 and 13%.
Drouhin noted that he had used a bit more new wood than usual because of the reduced quantities and he bottled one month earlier than usual as he found them sufficiently developed.
The style is traditional in the sense that it is neither old school nor modern with moderate extraction and clean aromatics and they typically use moderation in the amount of oak influence. The wines are worth a look as they sell for relatively reasonable prices, particularly at the grand cru level.