The oldest property owned by the Drouhin family has produced a wine that is initially withdrawn, showing its herbal, earthy character, before releasing an explosion of sweet berries, spice and irresistible freshness and acidity. The aftertaste is firm, and the fruit is very much in place. *Best of 2008, Cellar Selection* (RV)
After taking a year off in 2004 (it was not released because of hail), the red Clos des Mouches is back and in excellent form with a high-toned and wonderfully seductive nose of raspberry and strawberry aromas nuanced by hints of oak, spice and earth that continues on the rich, sweet and solidly detailed medium full flavors, all wrapped in a delicious, supple and relatively forward finish supported by buried tannins. Like the Grèves, this is so well balanced that it should age effortlessly. *Sweet spot Outstanding*
Representing huge domaine holdings and in effect the Drouhin flag ship, their 2005 Beaune Clos des Mouches displays aromas of roasted meat, wood smoke, black truffles, plum and black raspberry. Persistently meaty in the mouth, with plum pit and wet stone adjuncts, this is archetypal 2005: richly ripe yet with an invigorating tart fresh edge and quite dark, even somber in flavor shadings. The long savory finish, while pouring out a generous helping of top quality fruit and meat juices, also offers a veritable catalog of mineral nuances ... if only one had names for them all. (DS)
There's spice from oak on the nose, which leads to a core of concentrated cherry flavor. Very refined and elegant, with the purity and ripe fruit of 2005. (BS)
Closed and smoky with tantalising red fruit underneath. On the palate, rich, juicy sweet red fruit but not oversweet. Supple tannins, beautifully balanced and good concentration. 18-/20 points. (JH)
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