2010 Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Beaune
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Clos des Mouches

Much more mineral and airy tasted after the opulent fullness of the Beaune Grèves. Delicate, detailed and compact. More driven and long than aromatically showy for now.

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Lifted red fruit and cinnamon. High spice notes which tingle. Lovely rich fruit attack. Juicy and dense. Compact and sweet. The tannins run in a soft, velvet ribbon. It is layered and shows some good complexity. Plenty of spice. From a rounded front of palate it really focuses into the finish. There is a completeness to this wine. Fine. From 2015

Lip-smacking, satisfying nose. Intense nose with quite a tough end. Just a hint of beetroot. Dry finish. Needs time. 2016-2025

Mid ruby. Delicate fruit, light oak spice. Enticingly spicy but not so much that the fruit is hidden. Juicy, moreish, embryonic. 2016-2026


Good medium red. Reduced nose offers cherry, earth, smoke and flinty minerality. Creamy and silky in the mouth, but given shape and lift by lovely vinosity. Not yet complex but builds slowly in the mouth and finishes with subtle length. The suave tannins are nicely buffered by fruit. This round, rather full wine has the balance and stuffing to support a slow evolution in bottle.
91 - 93

It’s rare that I prefer the red Clos des Mouches to the white, but that’s the case in 2010, such is the quality of the Drouhin reds. Ten per cent of whole bunches adds a little extra structure to what is a smoky, finely textured wine. 2016-25 (94/100)

A ripe and highly complex nose of floral, earth, spice and discreet wood notes all add breadth to the very fresh dark berry fruit aromas. There is good volume to the lush, round and intense medium-bodied flavors that possess a moderately firm tannic spine as well as excellent depth and length. This should require 6 to 9 years of cellar time but be more than capable of holding for years to come. 2017+

Drouhin's 2010 Beaune Clos des Mouches is a gorgeous wine endowed with considerable depth and richness. Suave tannins provide the backdrop for the fruit in this layered Clos des Mouches. Today the aromas and flavors are a bit reticent; instead it is the wine's texture than stands out most. I will not be surprised if the 2010 ends up considerably better than this note suggests.
91 - 93/100


Joseph Drouhin, founded in 1880 and still family owned, are one of the most well respected names in Burgundy, especially through their flagship wine, the iconic Clos des Mouches.

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