Killing it Softly: 2001 Drouhin Grand Cru

Posted by CrushWine

Grand Cru at its Most Charmes-ing
2001 Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin
The Delicacy, the Grace of Gevrey-Chambertin

Grand Cru red Burgundy in its prime from a producer we love
at a serious value... Could this be the holy grail of Burgundy?

Yes, it is.

The grail, however, can't hold that much juice, so today we offer but a few cases of Drouhin's delicate 2001 Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin at as low as $75... a price you'd typically find only in a 1er Cru.

Today's email is also the tale of the glorious underdog, Gevrey's quiet Charmes matched to the oft-overlooked 2001 vintage, a year that offered purity over amplitude.

Jancis Robinson has wisely commented: "The best red 2001s may not be ultra-powerful but they are ultra-pure, great expressions of vineyard character, their finely etched flavours nicely defined by lively acidity."

We like this sort of red Burgundy, very much.

The 01 Drouhin Charmes is a most tender Grand Cru expression of the muscular and often boisterous commune of Gevrey. It's the Grand Cru with the least amount of bravado, the least swagger, yet there is something so very charming about Charmes in its own context. This is a feminine and graceful expression of Gevrey, a wine that whispers, yet what it whispers is very, very seductive: A pitch-perfect expression of fresh red fruit, a perfume that is in equal parts fruit, flower, mineral, animal, earth.

For us, this commune, this vineyard and this vintage are all perfectly in line with what Drouhin does best: Purity, finesse, clarity. Philippe Drouhin and enologist Laurence Jobard called the 01 vintage "a pleasant surprise" and opined that Gevrey-Chambertin was, as Allen Meadows agrees, "perhaps the best commune of all in 2001."

This wine is killing it, softly. Grand Cru in the fineness, the extraordinary detail, the purity and glide, though priced among (and in some cases below) the 1er Crus. For $75 a bottle on a three-pack, this offer should be very thought provoking for the serious Burgundy fan.

And how often does your Burgundy buying-dollar get you immediate gratification? Here, the drinking window has just opened, with the still-fresh fruit just now starting to express its full, detailed, perfumed potential. This wine will continue to show beautifully for another 3-8 years, but we welcome you to open a bottle and listen, now.

To place your order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2001 Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin

Special Bottle Price: $79.98
Compare at up to $82-90

Special 3-Pack Price: $223.44 ($74.48/btl)

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