Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2017 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru "Clos des Mouches" (95DC, 94JG, 94JS, 93RP, (91-93VN), 93WE, 93WS, 91BH). Decanter: "There aren't many vineyards in Beaune that make world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but the Clos des Mouches is definitely one of them. This effortlessly stylish white from chalky soils on the southern side of Beaune, close to Pommard, is intense, textured and well balanced. It has scented 30% new wood, vivid minerality, citrus and patisserie notes and a long, refreshing finish. (TA)" (10/2018)
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2017 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru "Clos des Mouches" (qty: 2)
There aren't many vineyards in Beaune that make world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but the Clos des Mouches is definitely one of them. This effortlessly stylish white from chalky soils on the southern side of Beaune, close to Pommard, is intense, textured and well balanced. It has scented 30% new wood, vivid minerality, citrus and patisserie notes and a long, refreshing finish. (TA)
This has real presence on the nose with plenty of oak matched to rich and super fresh grapefruit and lime aromas. The palate has a very succulent core of fruit and very impressive acidity. The young white peaches are zesty and fresh and the grilled hazelnuts warm the finish. Stunning!
The 2017 Clos des Mouches Blanc is an absolute classic in the making. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a complex and pristine blend of apple, lemon, beeswax, chalky soil tones, citrus peel, dried flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully reserved in personality, with a rock solid core, excellent structure and grip, bright, zesty acids and lovely focus and grip on the very long and youthful finish. This was still in cask in November and showing beautifully. It will be a long-lived, complex and very classy vintage of this iconic bottling chez Drouhin.
Tasted from bottle, Drouhin's 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc is showing very well, offering up aromas of fresh pear, Meyer lemon and grapefruit zest that are still quite youthfully marked by a generous application of buttery new oak that experience shows will integrate nicely with a little age. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, with racy underlying acids, a fragrant core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. This is a very elegant, aromatic rendition of this emblematic Drouhin cuvée. (WK) 93+
This ripe wine has weight and richness while maintaining balancing freshness. Citrus flavors are already integrated with spice from wood aging to give a full, delicious and ready-to-drink wine. (RV)
Verging on creamy in texture, this white offers floral, peach, butterscotch and citrus flavors. Balanced and elegant, picking up a mineral element on the lingering aftertaste. Shows fine intensity and harmony. (BS)
The 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru was picked September 1–6 in six different passes through the vineyard. It has quite a strict, conservative bouquet of vibrant citrus fruit infused with touches of linden and orange pith. The palate is quite assertive on the entry, conveying good weight. Like many white 2017s, it is lightly spiced, though this cuvée shows more marine influences and a tang of marmalade toward the persistent, intense finish. Very fine. (NM)
A whiff of matchstick is present on the pretty and notably floral nose of apple and soft wood influence. The rich and relatively full-bodied medium-bodied flavors possess both good punch and focused power if not the sheer size and weight of the Morgeot, all wrapped in a lingering and complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. Note that this could easily be enjoyed young if desired. *Outstanding*
Subtle but already complex aroma: creamy, mealy, pure-fruited. Rich but with a fine dusty restraint. Deep and spicy on the palate, fills the mouth with pure citrus fruit and goes on for ever with a lovely depth of texture from the lees. 18.5/20 points (JH)