2020 Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin


A slightly earthier nose reflects ripe and beautifully layered aromas of black cherry, cassis and a plethora of floral nuances, especially violet. The round, delicious and almost tender medium-bodied flavors possess a highly seductive texture before culminating in a youthfully austere, beautifully balanced and hugely long finale. This too could use better depth, but the aging track record of this wine is so good that more will almost certainly develop. Drinking range: 2030 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2022)

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75cl bottles (case of 6)

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Like its white counterpart, this shows an abundance of super-juicy fruit and fresh acidity. It has no lack of exuberance, while the white has a little more finesse. Drinking range: 2025 - 2030 Rating: 92 World of Fine Wine Magazine (Apr 2022)

This wine always shows such finesse and precision. The forward, approachable nose smells of blueberries, spice rack and anise. The center palate is supremely smooth and framed by lightly crusty tannins. Mouth-watering acidity closes the wine into a long, lightly smoky finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 94 Christy Canterbury MW - (Feb 2022)

One of the highlights of the range is the 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches (Domaine), a nicely balanced cuvée that wafts from the glass with aromas of cassis, raspberries, orange rind, loamy soil and peonies. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and elegant, with ripe tannins, lively acids and a saline finish, it will offer a broad drinking window. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2022)

Deep mid purple. Ripe cherry here, maximum ripeness for my palate but thoroughly enjoyable, some delicacy thereafter, tannins are fine-grained, enough acidity, and very good length. Very successful in a riper style. Tasted: November 2021 Rating: 90-93 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Dec 2021)

The 2020 Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 1er Cru is quite dark and limpid in colour. The nose is tightly-wound at first, quite candied with orange rind/blood orange filtering through the mixture of red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins on the entry, but they seem to resolve themselves, and it finishes with much more precision than I expected. I feel that this Clos des Mouches is still coalescing, but the potential is clear. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, (Dec 2021)

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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