Beaune 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches Rouge

2016 Beaune 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches Rouge Joseph Drouhin

  • Classification:
    1er Cru
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  • Appellation:
    Beaune 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches
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  • Grape Type:
    Pinot Noir
  • Packaging:
    OC x 6
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 92 (2018 Apr.)

In contrast to the nose of the Grèves the reduction is not subtle and I would strongly recommend decanting this if you're tempted to crack a bottle young. Otherwise there is gorgeous detail to the finer tension-filled and ultra-pure flavors that finish with a touch of austerity. I like the balance and transparency and while this is not quite as concentrated, it's more elegant. Note that my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that the firm reduction exhibited by the nose is not permanent.

Vinous - Score: 91 (2018 Jan.)

(average production in this large holding was 28 hectoliters per hectare, with potential alcohol ranging from 12.8% to 13.2% in the various lots; vinified with 25% whole clusters): Healthy medium red. Deep nose displays red and darker berries accented by spices, minerals and flowers; ultimately a bit blacker in character than the Grèves. Also more airy in the mouth, with a very fine-grained texture and harmonious acidity that makes the Grèves seem almost heavy by comparison. Lovely subtle inner-mouth perfume here. Finishes with nicely delineated fruit and spice notes, lively tannins and saliva-inducing minerality.