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2016 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 'Clos des Mouches' 1er Cru

2016 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 'Clos des Mouches' 1er Cru

'Fascinating aromas of dried strawberries, dried meat, spices and dried rose petals.' 
95 Points - James Suckling

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$1,097.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • Founded in Burgundy in 1880, Maison Drouhin has been assembled over the years parcel by parcel, and now comprises 73 ha of vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Chablis.

    The site of Clos des Mouches sits at the southern end of the Beaune appellation, next to Pommard. The name 'Mouches' means 'flies' and the site is so-called because it was once home to many bee-hives. In the local dialect, the bees were called 'mouches a miel' - 'honey-flies.' Hence the name Clos des Mouches.


    Harvesting was done by hand, in small open crates in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit. After sorting, the grapes were crushed and the must racked to temperature-controlled fermenting vessels. Maceration and vinification over a period of 2-3 weeks, with spontaneous ferment using indigenous yeasts. A combination of punching down and pump over were used during fermentation. After ferment, the wine was pressed and racked to French oak barrels (20% new) for 14-18 months maturation.


    Beautiful, deep-red ruby colour, with the bright sheen of great Burgundies. Intense and fresh nose as a young wine - primary notes of red fruit dominate, such as Morello cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. There are hints of complexity with smoky flavours evolving towards liquorice. As a maturing wine, aromas of pepper, tobacco, humus and undergrowth appear. The body is firm without being rough, well meshed without being heavy. There is great freshness in the younger wines. With age, the wine gets rounder. It takes on "gras" (velvety texture) and a more precise architecture, supported by silky tannins. It is lively and refined at the same time.


    'Fascinating aromas of dried strawberries, dried meat, spices and dried rose petals. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Polished tannins. Pretty length. Drink or hold.'
    95 Points - James Suckling

    'Mid crimson with some blue still. Some oak sweetness on the nose and a touch of smoky reduction but this blows off in the glass. Precise and elegant on the nose, very pure. This is beautifully elegant and finely concentrated. Opens up to be expressive. Darker fruited on the palate, with some graphite/mineral notes. Real elegance and subtle length. So moreish. So supple but not lacking structure.'
    17 / 20 Points - Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com

    'The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches offers broody red fruit laced with melted tar on the nose, sultry after the Grèves but with a pleasant oyster shell scent. The palate is medium-bodied with chunky ripe tannin. What it might lack in finesse, it makes up for in sheer substance and charm. Maybe I was just expecting a little more joie-de-vivre and complexity. Drink over the next 5-8 years.'
    88-90 Points - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate