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Optimal consumption: 4 to 6 years
Ageing potential: 8 years
Producing commune: Saint-Romain.
Site: a well-know prehistoric site. Located at the foot of a large amphitheater of limestone cliffs, Saint-Romain lies apart from the other villages of Côte de Beaune.
History & tradition: with an elevation of 400 metres (1,200 ft), this is one of the highest vineyards of the Côte.
Soil: clay and limestone.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
A very typical wine, representative of its terroir. A nice white golden hue, sometimes with a greenish touch. Very fine aromas of white flowers (honeysuckle) and ripe fruit (yellow plums), evolving towards honey and gingerbread. On the palate, straightforward and lively at first, then a certain roundness. A mineral « pebbly » quality is the hallmark of Saint-Romain.
The vagaries of the 2021 vintage have greatly affected yields, resulting in one of the smallest harvests Burgundy has ever seen. The whites are less opulent than previous vintages; they are well-balanced with lovely aromatics without excessive extravagance.Vintage review
Supply: this wine comes from grapes harvested on some parcels of the Drouhin Family Properties as well as from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.
Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.
Vinification: slow pressing in a pneumatic press. The juice of the last press is separated from the free run-juice. The juice is transferred into wine barrel after a little settling.
Ageing: the alcoholic fermentation as the malolactic and the ageing are being processed in oak barrels. The proportion of new barrels is around 10% to 15%.
The ageing lasts between 12 to 14 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.