Maison Joseph Drouhin is 140 years old

Wednesday February 05 2020 by Vitisphere

The four Drouhin siblings, Véronique, Philippe, Frédéric and Laurent, took over management of the family firm in the 1990s, but remain under the supervision of their father Robert.The four Drouhin siblings, Véronique, Philippe, Frédéric and Laurent, took over management of the family firm in the 1990s, but remain under the supervision of their father Robert. - Photo credit : Drouhins

Maison Drouhin is above all a family affair: since 1880 Joseph, the founder, his son Maurice, then Robert, his grandson and finally his four great-grandchildren Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric have taken turns at the company’s helm. Together, but always under the “supervision” of their father, they have held the reins since 1988, each playing a role.

Drouhin is also a significant vineyard owner, acquiring land over the years – its last purchase was in December 2019. “We are more producers than negociants”, stresses Frédéric Drouhin as an aside. Vineyard holdings now total 82 hectares, one of the largest areas in the Beaune region, about half of which is in Chablis and the other half in Côte d'Or. The company’s acreage includes a very high proportion of Premier and Grand Crus, including Musigny, Montrachet 'Marquis de Laguiche', Clos des Mouches, Clos de Vougeot and Corton-Charlemagne.

Organic for the past 30 years

The vines have been entirely managed and certified organic for more than 30 years. In 1997, the decision was made to go a step further, by developing biodynamic winegrowing.

Our leading market, with 20% of volumes, is still France”, points out Drouhin. The wines are distributed via a network of agents/sales representatives. A new logistics warehouse was recently opened in Beaune to facilitate the storage and delivery of small mixed orders. Export destinations include the USA, the UK, Germany and China. In terms of volumes sold, no data is released but the most recent figures show that turnover reached 45 million euros, and has been “steadily growing” over the years. “We are not fixated by increasing volumes and sales. Our rationale is centred on profitability, allowing us to fund investments”, explains Drouhin.

 

 

 

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