Joseph Drouhin was a daring and enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region. In 1880, at the age of 22, he settled in Beaune and founded there his own wine company. His aim was to offer wines of great quality that would bear his name. Robert Drouhin, who succeeded Maurice in 1957, gave the domaine its present dimension, acquiring many vineyards, especially in Chablis where he was able to recognize the true potential. He was one of the first in Burgundy to introduce “culture raisonnée” (doing away with pesticides and other chemicals) and to build a laboratory of enology run by Laurence Jobard, the very first woman enologist in Burgundy. Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric are Robert and Françoise Drouhin’s four children. They uphold the values of the House and its constant quest for quality, for the pleasure of all those who have a deep appreciation for the natural elegance of Burgundy.
The production area stretches south of Burgundy in the Mâconnais region, within 10km south-west of Mâcon. Vinzelles is less famous than its neighbour “Fuissé”, but it has been known since the Roman times. The vineyard, located at an altitude of 250m (820 feet), on the steep slope facing east, is dominated by its fortified castle. Soils are clay and limestone rich in iron oxide.
The wine is aged partly in stainless steel vats and partly in oak barrels for 6 to 8 months.
The 2020 Pouilly Vinzelles displays an intense gold colour with a nice shiny aspect. The nose is aromatic, mixing both white flowers and fruit such as peach. This seduction is also found on the palate with ample wines on a nice structure and it makes them very pleasant in their youth.