BEAUNE

2017 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

EN PRIMEUR

Jérôme Faure Brac, the oenologist, is all about low intervention in the winery as he wants vineyard expression to be key. He therefore made six different harvests here from the 1st to the 6th of September. The Drouhin team sub-divide this large Clos vineyard (7Ha) into different parcels. Harvested and vinified separately they are only blended after élevage in barrel. This is almost a year and then the blend 'assembles' for 2-3 months in tank together before bottling. The results are great. With impressive breadth and structure. There is a nice intensity to the crisp-edged, yellow fruit. Not peachy but quite ripe citrus character and nice persistence. This has impact and depth, there's lots to like and this will become even more exciting with a few years in the cellar. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

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The 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru was picked September 1–6 in six different passes through the vineyard. It has quite a strict, conservative bouquet of vibrant citrus fruit infused with touches of linden and orange pith. The palate is quite assertive on the entry, conveying good weight. Like many white 2017s, it is lightly spiced, though this cuvée shows more marine influences and a tang of marmalade toward the persistent, intense finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

Subtle but already complex aroma: creamy, mealy, pure-fruited. Rich but with a fine dusty restraint. Deep and spicy on the palate, fills the mouth with pure citrus fruit and goes on for ever with a lovely depth of texture from the lees. Drinking range: 2022 - 2037 Rating: 18.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2018)

Bright light yellow. Deeper-pitched on the nose than the Meursault Perrières , conveying aromas of peach, iodine, soil, spices and sexy oak. Then quite dry and precise on the palate, with its pungent iodiney minerality contributing to an impression of sharp delineation. This is still youthfully locked up and needs fattening. More about spices, minerals and soil than fruit complexity but the vibrant finish delivers an exhilarating light touch. This singular wine combines the tension and structure of a white Corton with the aromatics of a Montrachet. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Sep 2018)

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. 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.

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.

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