"Since its creation, PFV provides a unique opportunity for different family generations, and especially the younger ones, who one day will take the lead, to meet each other, to exchange ideas and to get a better feeling of the "family spirit” with the aim of producing the best of our respective wine growing areas. We are very proud to be part of this wonderful group and to see that this is working well".
- Frédéric Drouhin -
A Family Heritage
For the last 130 years, Maison Joseph Drouhin has been in the hands of the Drouhin family.
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 his own wine company there. His aim was to offer wines of great quality that would bear his name. His son Maurice followed in his steps and began to establish a vineyard domaine for the House, purchasing land in some outstanding appellations such as Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot.
Robert Drouhin took over from Maurice in 1957, gave the domaine its present dimension, acquiring many vineyards, especially in Côte de Nuits and 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).
Today, Robert and Françoise Drouhin's children are animated by the same passion that inspired the founder of the company. Frédéric supervises the overall activities, Philippe is in charge of the vineyards in Burgundy and in Oregon, Véronique, the oenologist, is responsible for perpetuating the style of the wines and Laurent manages the sales development in the United States where he lives,. 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 wines.
The Domaine comprises 77 hectares (192 acres) of vineyards in Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis. It is one of the largest estates in Burgundy. More than two-thirds of the vineyards are classified as Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations.
Joseph Drouhin has adopted the biological and biodynamic approach. Only natural products are used in the vineyards and all the procedures demonstrate the utmost respect for the soil, the vine and the environment.
The style of our wines is a balance of elegance and harmony, providing infinite pleasure. When young, the wines offer fruity and enticing aromas; with age, the wines from the greater appellations acquire a sumptuous complexity.
Joseph Drouhin wines accompany every type of cuisine and are found on the best tables and in the finest cellars of all five continents. Joseph Drouhin is proud to bring the best of Burgundy to the whole world.
Founded in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin, with an experience now spanning four generations, is resolutely committed to a strict observance of tradition and respect for the heritage of Burgundy. The estate comprises 77 hectares of vineyards among the greatest appellations in Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise. It is one of the largest estates in the region.
It is comprised of a majority of Premier and Grand Crus, planted with the two Burgundian grape varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay.
The Domaine was put together through the years, thanks to judicious purchases and agreements between families. Some vineyards are among the most famous in Burgundy, such as Clos des Mouches, Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche, Musigny, Clos de Vougeot, Corton-Charlemagne, etc.
For some appellations, Joseph Drouhin complements its supplies by purchasing grapes from other vineyard owners who have been long time partners and share the same quest of excellence.
Joseph Drouhin has adopted the biological and biodynamic approach. Only natural products are used and all procedures show the utmost respect for the soil, the vine and the environment. The true amateur will discover in these wines the Drouhin signature: the originality of the terroir, the finesse of the aromas, the elegance and harmony of the structure and the style of the vintage.
Vine stocks: the "sélection massale" (propagation of new vine stocks from a number of selected vines) is carried out at the Drouhin nursery with clones of recognized quality.
Soil maintenance: compost of manure and white wood, sometimes guano (seabird manure) are used as fertilizers.
The soil is ploughed either by tractor or by horse to manage spreading of weeds.
Treatment: only authorized products for biological cultivation are used: infusions and macerations of plant materials, sulfur and copper, powdered rock. Natural predators are not eliminated.
Plantation density: from 10,000 to 12,500 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: low yields are deliberately favoured to allow our grapes to enhance the true type of each soil.
The grapes are put in small perforated crates in order to protect and preserve the integrity of the fruit.
For more information, please visit Joseph Drouhin's website : www.drouhin.com