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Monday, November 7, 2016

Burgundy Uncorked: Joseph Drouhin 2009 Morey-Saint-Denis

"Imperfection is beauty, Madness is the genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe


Good morning everyone, I trust most of you're ready for the up and coming election tomorrow. It promises to be an epic S-show of that you can be sure. I wrote my own name in on the ballot this time, as I could not bring myself to vote for either candidate, two very unpalatable choices. Now that said, it's time to join the wine party, let's make Wine grape again.

Okay, honestly it already is, except the mega-purple infused puddles of purple goo lining the bottom shelf of most grocery stores. The wine above will make your heart sing, and help you forget about the last two years of squabbling about who will better as the next leader, R or D. If you have Thanksgiving on your mind, then this palate pleasing gem would be a welcome guest at your holiday table.

Funny, I went all the way to Oregon to discover this little gem from Burgundy, but as I've come to find out, there are many wonderful things to be found in unexpected places when you keep your eyes open, and you allow your curiosity take over.

If you've been thinking about putting a toe in the pool of true Burgundian wines, then may I suggest this bottle [pictured above] it would be a good place to get started. The price of admission is $40 to $50 depending on where you shop, but well worth it. I scored the wine 90 points and highly recommend you giving it a swirl.

At Joseph Drouhin, you will find unique balance, one where tradition and modern techniques blend together and come together to create wines which truly characterizes modern winemaking. Whether it's their vineyard management via their on-site nursery, the 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, and the judicious use of 100% French Oak, one thing you easily take away from their wines is that sense of place, something so often missing in domestically produced juice.

For those of you looking to get your hands on wines which are Organically Certified, you'll be happy to know that starting with the 2009 vintage and moving forward has recently been awarded "organic certification" [an expensive and laborious process] for all grapes grown within its vineyards. As it would happen, the wine is this review spotlight is a 2009 and a fantastic representation of interesting different style of quality in regards to Pinot Noir than you may be used to, but stick with me and you will see this wine makes a great starting point for dipping your toe in the proverbial Burgundian pool [well at least I think so].

There's nothing fancy here, just honest-to-goodness Pinot Pleasure. Is this wine going to set your hair on fire? Uh, most likely not, but what it will do is allure you with its suave sophistication and beckon you to more fully explore this region [if you have not done so already]. In my ever not so humble opinion, this would be the perfect wine to open and enjoy with [yes, I do love a redundant prepostion] your holiday feast; whether it be traditional turkey, glazed ham or even an early Christmas Goose [oh-my], this wine is a foodies friend.

By the way; this just may be a bit of bragging on their part, but does appear to be quite accurate, that the village of Morey is located between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. Here comes the bragging part, "there are five Grand Crus and twelve Premier Crus in this relatively small appellation".

I'd recommend a bit of decanting before diving in, but what you'll find on the nose is dried cherries, raspberries, and sweet leather. The palate shows great structure and weight, but like many of the 2009's it is very approachable, with easily plucked low-hanging fruit, balance nicely with rich earth. The finish is long, lasting. This wine is in my estimation the "complete package" one that will have you wanting more, so be smart order more than just one. Until next time folks remember to sip long and prosper, cheers!

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