Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 1er Cru 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Burgundy
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One of the most mythical and sought-after 1er crus from Beaune, the Clos des Mouches vineyard, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. From the warmer 2018 vintage, this Pinot Noir is deeply pitched, with lush fruit, yet incredible verve and elegant tannins on its medium-bodied palate.
'The Drouhins' red version of the Clos des Mouches combines grapes from the high and low parts of the Premier Cru and is a blend of seven different micro cuvées. Fermented with 25% whole bunches and aged in 20% new wood, this is textured, refined and well balanced, with all the focus and freshness of one of Beaune's most special sites. Drinking Window 2023 - 2032.' – Decanter, 94/100

'The 2018 Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 1er Cru has a very pure, charming bouquet of layers of dark cherry, raspberry coulis and blueberry aromas, with just a touch of warmth from the slightly higher level of alcohol. The medium-bodied palate delivers saturated tannins. Lush and generous, almost New World-like in terms of fruit profiles, with a caressing finish. Lovely. Drink 2022-2038.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 92-94/100 (Jan 2020)

'Classy, this pliant, succulent red boasts black cherry, raspberry, floral and spice flavors. It's firm and focused, with a silky texture and lingering notes of fruit and spice. Best from 2023 through 2038.' – Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 93/100

‘This too is quite deeply pitched with its ripe aromas of cassis, plum liqueur, spice, floral and soft oak scents. There is very good verve to the utterly delicious and slightly finer medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the balanced and harmonious finish. This isn’t quite as complex as the Grèves though that may well change with time as the track record of this wine developing well is firmly established. 2028+.’ – Allen Meadows, Burghound, 92/100

'One of the portfolio's real successes, as is so often the case, is the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches (Domaine). Wafting from the glass with inviting aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and violets mingled with subtle hints of espresso roast and chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, lavish and fleshy, with a voluptuous core of fruit that's framed by velvety tannins and succulent acids. An undeniably rich, ripe rendition of this emblematic cuvée, it will be best served a touch closer to cellar temperature than usual; if there's a criticism, it's that it's a little heady. Drink 2022-2045.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 91/100
More Information
Condition New
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Pinot Noir
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinot Noir
Rating DEC 94
Producer information In 1880, a 22-year-old Joseph Drouhin settled in Beaune and founded his own wine company. His son Maurice succeeded him and established a domaine for the Drouhin house by buying land in outstanding appellations including the famous Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot. Today, 4th generation Véronique Drouhin continues the family's prestigious Burgundy legacy. With 73 hectares of biodynamically-farmed vines, Joseph Drouhin is one of Burgundy's largest estates. With vineyards in close to 90 different appellations, Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs.
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