2020 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru 'Clos de Mouches'

2020 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru 'Clos de Mouches'

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Size: 750mL

Winemaker Notes:

"Pale yellow color with a complex floral nose of white lilac and white rose. Once open, fruity aromas come to the fore, evolving towards grilled hazelnut and almond. When the wine is more mature, the nose is surprisingly strong and fifteen minutes of aeration produce wonderful notes of white truffle, citron (cedrat), honey and nutmeg, elegantly meshed together. Very lively on the palate. Its rich texture is in evidence, but also its structure and minerality. It is round, but never heavy. Harmonious fullness in the aftertaste. This wine allies remarkably the complexity and elegance of a Bâtard-Montrachet with the power of a Corton-Charlemagne."

Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.

Vinification: slow pressing in a pneumatic press. The juice of the last press is separated of the free run-juice. The juice is transferred into wine barrel after a little settling.  

Ageing: the alcoholic fermentation as the malolactic and the ageing are being processed in oak barrels. The proportion of new barrels is around 20% to 25%.

The ageing lasts between 16 to 18 months.

Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

History & tradition: the name « mouches » means flies. There were once bee-hives in this sun-drenched « clos » (vineyard enclosure); the bees in the local dialect were called « mouches à miel » (honey flies), hence the name Clos des Mouches. It is one of the first vineyards acquired by Maurice Drouhin (the founder's son) in the 1920's. With great determination, he bought 41 different parcels from 8 proprietors. It is planted out in equal quantities of red and white grapes and both wines have achieved mythical status for the House of Joseph Drouhin.
Celebration of its 100 years of history at Maison Joseph Drouhin in 2021.

Reviews:

97 Jasper Morris

"Pale lemon colour. The power is immediately apparent on the nose, but in a good way. A wine for longer elevage before bottling and then worth the wait in bottle thereafter. This has all the expected volume of white fruit while retaining impeccable balance. Adds depth with time in the glass, before reaching quite a saline finish. A very youthful but impressive Clos des Mouches. I recently enjoyed a stunning bottle of the 2017, and this could very well match it in due course."

 96 James Suckling

"So much ripe mirabelle with nuances of honeycomb, candied citrus, vanilla bean, licorice and more. Stunning concentration with everything balanced on a pinhead. The underlying structure is enormous, but beautifully integrated in the rich and full body. Bright and pure finish that extends a really long way out. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (7/2022)

94 John Gilman

"Every time I drink Clos des Mouches Blanc, I think of Sean Connery, as this was his absolutely favorite wine in the world. He would have loved the stunning 2020 version. The nose wafts from the glass in a refined mix of fresh lemon, pear, a touch of beeswax, a beautiful base of chalky soil tones, acacia blossoms, vanillin oak and that signature Clos des Mouches note of gentle savory elements as a topnote. On the palate the wine is vibrant, ripe and full-bodied, with an excellent girdle of acidity, admirable depth and grip, fine mineral drive and a long, poised and very, very classy finish. Lovely juice. (Drink between 2026-2055)" (12/2021)

92-94 Wine Advocate

"The 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc (Domaine) wafts from the glass with aromas of honeyed pears, freshly baked bread, buttery pastry, Meyer lemon and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and enveloping, its textural attack segues into a fleshy but vibrant core of fruit and a long, saline finish. (WK)" (1/2022)

90-93 Burghound

"Ripe aromas of apple and pear compote possess more prominent floral nuances along with hints of wood toast and just sliced fennel. There is very fine volume to the fleshy and plump flavors that also retain good precision thanks to a similar citrus-tinged acid spine on the sneaky long finish. This is a wine of contrasts as the mid-palate is rich to the point of opulence, yet the balance is impeccable. Note that this should drink well relatively early on. *Burghound Outstanding!*" (6/2022)

91 Vinous

"The 2020 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru has a pretty bouquet, a little more floral than when I tasted it in January. The palate is very well-balanced, quite elegant in style with peach skin and a touch of stem ginger on the finish. Lovely. (NM)" (5/2022)