Generous from start to finish, Laurène marries Domaine Drouhin’s traditional elegance with tremendous energy and vitality. Scents of plum and black cherry, dark and forward, are framed by warm oak spice, all marked by a high tone. Within all that generosity of flavor is a wild, vinous quality-the native yeast fermentation perhaps-guiding the wine without getting in its way.
This reserve-level Pinot from DDO is exceptional in every way. Silky, elegant and deeply-fruited, it marries a plush midpalate of red berries and cherries to compelling grace notes of pine needle, cola and mocha. Delicious and ageworthy; if past vintages are any indication, this can go until 2029. *Cellar Selection*
Bright ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, cherry compote, potpourri and star anise. Fresh and lively but deeply pitched, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and suggestions of cola and candied flowers. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the finish, which features slow-building tannins and bright minerality.
A lithe red, with a vibrant balance to ripe strawberry jam, rose petal and spice flavors, finishing with a light lift.
Domaine Drouhin’s roughly 2,000 cases of 2010 Pinot Noir Laurene won’t come on the market until next year, but its sappy intensity of lightly-cooked black raspberry fruit; ultra-polished tannins; rich animal fat savor; and alluring wreath of floral perfume, all make for a delightful performance today. I admit to having sensed a whiff of reductive reticence both when I first started swirling the glass and in the finish. But the issue is for now moot given the anticipated release date; and one can already anticipate at least ten or a dozen years of pleasure from this bottling. (DS)
Bright, hi-definition black fruit. Some nutty character. Floral violet aromas. Firm structured tannins. Very young, and with loads of potential. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018 to 2033.
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