|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|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. L&S (Dec 2011)
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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. Rating: 91-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2013)
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+ Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2012)
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) Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2012)
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.
A huge part of the Drouhin production comes from their own domaine fruit (78 hectares), and much of the rest comes from contracts such as that with the Marquis de Laguiche, who shook hands with the grandfather of the current generation, agreeing to let him manage his vineyards which included an important part of Le Montrachet; this collaboration endures. Today, the fourth generation is at the helm
Small refinements continue to be made here. The presses have been changed - a reversion to basket pressing for the reds, and for whites the presses are open - along with a number of other growers they are following the trend to think that slight oxidation of the juice before fermentation is not a problem and may add complexity as well as avoiding later problems of premature oxidation in bottle.
For the reds there has been the introduction of selective whole-bunch fermentation in the Côte de Nuits wines. The house style remains one that 'emphasises the natural elegance of great Burgundies' as they describe it. The domaine is all cultivated with an organic and biodynamic approach.
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