Maison Joseph Drouhin, Chorey-lès-Beaune (Burgundy, France) 2015

($26, Dreyfus Ashby):  The solution to finding affordable Burgundy in the era of the region’s explosive popularity — and rising prices — is embracing village wines from top producers in great years, such as this one.  The 2015 red Burgundies are spectacular.  The perfect weather meant that wines from less prestigious appellations did especially well.  Put that together with one of Burgundy’s top producers, Maison Joseph Drouhin, and you have an excellent — and well-priced — Burgundy.  It combines red fruit note and a captivating herbal/earthy essence, which is what makes red Burgundy so distinctive.  Quite long and refined, it is a remarkable village wine.  Beautiful and satisfying to drink now, with turkey, for example, it’s balance and Drouhin’s talents predict it will evolve nicely over the next five years, so there no reason not to buy a case and impress your guests next Thanksgiving. 90 Michael Apstein Nov 21, 2017