Drouhin Double-Mags: The Only 3.0Ls in the Nation

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2007 Maison Joseph Drouhin 3.0Ls
Musigny, Grands-Echézeaux, Griotte-Chambertin,
Clos de Bèze, Chambolle 1er Les Amoureuses

We should be careful - if we keep this up, you'll start expecting us to offer rare large-format Burgundies every Saturday.

And frankly, we'd love to - but, it turns out, double-mags of top Burgundy aren't that easy to come by. These are RARE bottles... the kind we'd like to hoard for ourselves. Still, after the impressive response to last weekend's email of Mugneret-Gibourg mags and d-mags, we couldn't resist unleashing just one more BIG bottle offering.

We're huge fans of Drouhin wines, especially from the past few vintages, where the quality has seemed to very steadily climb ever higher, focusing more and more on insane detail, vibrancy and elegance - sparkling jewel boxes, as we like to call them (big jewel boxes in today's case).

Our parcel today includes some of the shiniest gems in the box from 2007: Grand Crus Musigny, Grands-Echézeaux, Griottes, Clos de Bèze, and Chambolle 1er Les Amoureuses.

Drouhin's reds really stood out in the 2007 vintage, flaunting a satiny, palate-coating texture that seems counterintuitive for the vintage. We were expecting these to be good, but we weren't prepared to be blown away by just how generous, how impeccably poised and downright delicious they are.

Though the assumption is that 07s need to be drunk up in their youth, Drouhin's have incredible balance and concentration that fly in the face of that. And we don't need to tell you that with these bottlings' site pedigree and the large format, they deserve - they need - time and space in the cellar. They should undoubtedly impress whether you pop them in five years at a birthday party or keep them squirreled away for three decades.

The Musigny is the obvious queen of the stable, and the Amoureuses something akin to the princess, while the Griotte and Grands-Ech offer perhaps the greatest value, as Drouhin's are consistently benchmarks for these sites. The Clos de Bèze is outstanding in the vintage - from 60-year-old vines, it's a particularly good example of the structure and concentration Drouhin achieved in 2007. The Burghound's full (raving) reviews of each wine are below.

As could be expected with the rarity and critical praise, these are super-limited in quantity, so we'll take all orders this weekend and make allocations on Monday.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2007 Maison Joseph Drouhin Double-Mags

Musigny (3L)

Burghound: A superbly elegant and incredibly pure nose that is so fine that it's not even necessary to drink the wine to enjoy it as it's kaleidoscopically broad and deep with a brilliant range of spice elements adding subtlety and fascination to the red fruit and violet aromas that are the perfect complement to rich, full and generous medium-bodied flavors that are a study in class and grace, all wrapped in a finish of impressive persistence. This is delicious and obviously very young but the perfumed nose is almost worth the price of admission by itself.

Grands-Echézeaux (3L)

Burghound: A gentle touch of wood frames ripe but cool red berry aromas that are exceptionally floral and spicy yet despite the ripeness, the intense minerality this appellation is sometimes capable of displaying is quite noticeable in 2007 and it continues onto the rich, refined, pure and beautifully detailed flavors underpinned by a velvety mouth feel, firm tannins and an explosive finish. While I have always admired this classy wine for its understatement and purity, I have never quite understood why Drouhin is not better known for its Grands Ech. Be that as it may, this is a terrific effort that should age beautifully.

Griotte-Chambertin (3L)

Burghound: Here too there is a very gentle touch of wood that allows the elegant, pure and airy red berry fruit aromas nuanced by notes of spice, underbrush and earth to have the spotlight while the medium-bodied flavors are supple, forward and relatively refined though as one would reasonably expect, the finish firms up quickly and while the tannins are well buffered by ample mid-palate sap, this will come around sooner than most vintages of this wine.

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (3L)

Burghound: Mild wood spice frames an elegant and kaleidoscopic nose of high-toned red and black berry fruit aromas liberally laced with natural spices that offer impressive nuance and excellent complexity that introduces supple, finely detailed and beautifully textured flavors wrapped in a dusty, mineral-infused and austere but not hard finish. This is decidedly backward at present and like the Musigny and Clos de Vougeot will require ample cellar time to really blossom.

Chambolle 1er Les Amoureuses (3L)

Burghound: A discreet touch of wood sets off the intensely floral aromas that share center stage with spicy red berry notes that continue onto the round, rich and relatively generous medium-bodied flavors that are almost surprisingly forward, all wrapped in a sappy and really lovely finish. While this is a stylish and utterly delicious wine, note that my drinking window assumes that this will tighten up as it is uncharacteristically open at present.

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