2010 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Clos des Mouches|
As so often a distinct greenish cast to the colour. Lively sappy mineral flavours. All of a piece, acidity well-covered, very directed. A purposeful 'knows where it is going' feel. Nearly painful... I want to swallow so badly as it is just so mouthwatering. Another great Clos des Mouches. L&S (Nov 2011)
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Domaine Joseph Drouhin
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.
While it is true that every wine had its fans, our top three 2010s ran away from the pack. In our opinion, Drouhin's Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc is underrated in the hierarchy of white Burgundies. This tasting supported that view as the wine ended up in the winner's circle... Bright yellow-green color. Wood in the nose, with leafy complexity and an attractive peach scent. This wine's aromas continue to improve with aeration. Tight yet weighty in the mouth. Flavors recall lime custard, smoky tobacco, minerals and a hint of petrol. It's quite expressive and rich, with excellent penetration. There is a wonderful slightly bitter fruit pit finish. Wine #4 is still young and needs to develop. That said, it was showing enough tonight to finish first in the voting. For the record, this wine always shows fabulously in EWS blind tastings. Rating: 96+ Howard Kaplan, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Aug 2014)
The 2010 Beaune Clos des Mouches, one of the Drouhin's flagships, is impossibly young. It needs several years, at a minimum, to shed some of its baby fat. Clos des Mouches has a great track record of aging, and while I rarely take the risk of cellaring white Burgundy these days, if I were to cellar a handful of 2010 whites, Clos des Mouches would be one of my choices. Today, it is the wine's exceptional textural elegance and precise, saline minerality that make the deepest impression. Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2013)
Bright yellow. Gingery peach, toast, crushed stone and smoky minerality on the slightly reduced nose. Rich, sweet and plush, with a touch of spice to the ripe, smoky stone fruit flavors. Boasts an almost glyceral sweetness today, but this very young wine needs time in bottle to lose some of its baby fat. Philippe Drouhin notes that this wine always gets reductive during elevage and that this quality takes at least a year in bottle to dissipate. He likes Clos des Mouches old, pointing out that the 2004 and 2002 bottlings are still young. But then Drouhin admits that he generally prefers older wines because he dislikes the aromas and flavors of new oak. Rating: 93(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sep 2012)
Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2012)
Oaky spice dominates the nose, for now at least. Rich and more scented on the palate, though again the oak is to the fore. Underneath, there's pure, crisp lemon freshness. Bags of potential and finely balanced. 2017-2030 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2012)
Tight and lively and very broad and filling and ticks the boxes. Excellent and complete. 2015-2025 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2012)
Very promising intensity and lift on the aroma. Sprightly on the palate, jumps on the attack. Lively energy. Good firm acidity. Elegant fruit. Pure and nicely concentrated. Tight, bright and energetic on the finish. Fine. From 2013/14. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2011)
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