Appellation: Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru A.C., Cote de Beaune, Bourgogne
Site: at the southern end of the Beaune appellation, next to Pommard. The Drouhin vineyard is at mid-slope, on a mild incline with an east/south-east exposure. It is the largest parcel of the Clos des Mouches (14 hectares), one half planted with chardonnay, the other half with pinot noir.
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 equally in red and white grapes and both wines have achieved mythical status for the House of Joseph Drouhin.
- FRA - Burgundy
The Drouhin 2007 Beaune Clos des Mouches suggests strawberry rhubarb in its sweet-tart alternation, which I find alluring although I would have expected it in a 2008 rather than a 2007. Nutmeg, smoked meats, damp bark, and peat lend interest, and while this is rather opaque when compared with the 2008 rendition, it boasts satisfying persistence of sweet fruit. Perhaps its personality will focus more with time in bottle, but I am betting against that and would plan on following it for 6-8 years.
Rating 89 - David Schildkecht, Wine Advocate #189 (JUN/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
An exceptional wine. Beautiful, deep-red ruby colour, with the bright sheen of great Burgundies.
Intense and fresh nose for the young wines. Primary notes of red fruit dominate, such as Morello cherry ("griotte", or wild cherry), raspberry, blackberry.
There are hints of complexity with smoky flavours evolving towards liquorice. When the wine is maturing, aromas of pepper, tobacco, humus and undergrowth appear. When drinking the wine, the first impression is always clear-cut and the texture fleshy. The body is firm without being rough, well meshed without being heavy. There is great freshness in the younger wines. With age, the wine gets rounder. It takes on "gras" (velvety texture) and a more precise architecture, supported by silky tannins. It is lively and refined at the same time. There remains a final and most pleasing sensation of harmony, fullness and delicate tannins, as the wine lingers on the palate.
5 to 40 years.