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Joseph Drouhin 2009 Rully - Wine Review

Rully, France

Our Selection for Wine of the Week July 11, 2011

A bottle of Joseph Drouhin 2009 Rully, our wine of the week

Joseph Drouhin
2009 Rully

Rully, France

Maison Joseph Drouhin has an impressive and lengthy history. For over 130 years, the Drouhin family has presided over this award-winning, Burgundian house. Now in the hands of the fourth generation, Drouhin is proudly pesticide-free, with a heart-felt commitment to caring not only for the profitable vines but also for the land on which they are grown. The winery produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vineyards throughout Burgundy, from Premier Crus to well-priced village wines like their 2009 Rully. On the nose, this Chardonnay is toasty and smoky with just a hint of lemongrass and stone fruit. In the mouth, it is refined, restrained and distinctly French. Its prominence of toasted oak, the most dominant of its aromas, doesn't overshadow the subtle peach and pear fruit flavors or the bright, lemon acidity. The wine finishes reasonably long with an interesting hint of spice. A good Chardonnay for summer, the Rully would pair well with a chilled, raw seafood platter or a poached lobster salad. It would also make a nice accompaniment to simple poultry dishes like a roast chicken or a lemon and herb-marinated, grilled turkey tenderloin or quail. For a light supper, try it with a charcuterie plate and a few medium to well-aged cow and sheeps' milk cheeses.

Rating: 13.5/20

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