BEAUNE

2017 Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

EN PRIMEUR

Lots of grilled meat, smoke and ripe fruit. Rich and decadent. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Layered and juicy for the Clos des Mouches. Better after 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 94-94 Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2019)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 6)

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Tasted after the 1er Cru 'Cras' Beaune - and this is a pleasing step up. The Clos des Mouches is brighter and more minerality driven.With a dense, focused red fruit compote at the core, gilded by a darker line of blackberry and soft plum flesh - and a nicely textured scratchy weight as the tannins buid. Good drive and good feel too. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

The 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches wafts from the glass with aromas of red berries, forest floor, orange rind, sweet spices and rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with excellent depth at the core, suave structuring tannins and a long finish. This is a beautifully complete Clos des Mouches that numbers among the high points of Drouhin's 2017 collection. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Beaune Clos des Rouches Rouge 1er Cru, picked September 4–7, contains a little more whole cluster fruit this year – around 30%, according to Véronique Drouhin. Sensual, ripe red cherry, cranberry and subtle bergamot tea aromas gently unfold in the glass. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, good substance, veins of white pepper and even a very slight flintiness toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. This shows very good potential, although it will benefit from three or four years in bottle. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

Light to mid cherry red. Spicy and fragrant. No obvious sweetness on the nose though plenty of pure dark-red fruit. On the palate, much sweeter-fruited, so Beaune in that way. Deep but weightless, finest of tannins, that lovely dry, stemmy character, with a spicy aftertaste. Gorgeous – gourmand and refined at the same time. Incredibly long. Drinking range: 2024 - 2033 Rating: 17.5+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 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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