2018 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Clos des Mouches [D96][JM92-95][JG94][JS94][V92-94][WS93][BH90-93]

2018 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

2018 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Clos des Mouches [D96][JM92-95][JG94][JS94][V92-94][WS93][BH90-93]

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Producer: Joseph Drouhin 
Region: Cote de BeauneBurgundyFrance  
Varietal: Chardonnay  
Year: 2018 

Decanter, 96 Points 

"A real Clos des Mouches' is how Véronique Drouhin describes this textbook expression of one of Beaune's two best white Premiers Crus. Every bit as good as some more famous Grands Crus, it's floral and enticing, with aromas of hawthorn blossom and lilies, flavours of patisserie and orange zest, fine, scented, toasty oak and the structure and acidity to age. Just shades it over the red Clos des Mouches in 2018." 

Jasper Morris, 92-95 Points 

"Picked across 8 or 9 days from 30th August. Very pretty pale lemon, with some lifted fruit on the nose, an elegance that does not speak of the certain weight to come on the palate. Which indeed is the case though backed by fresh lemon acidity. Excellent length, a very charming and delicious Clos des Mouches. I re-tasted this after the Corton-Charlemagne and it now shows more liveliness in the fruit, yellow and green notes together."

John Gilman, 94 Points 

"The 2018 Clos des Mouches Blanc is an outstanding wine in the making. Due to the varied ripening of parcels in the vineyard this year, the team at Maison Drouhin made several passes through the vineyard to bring in chardonnay in optimal condition, so that the picking here occurred between August 30th and September 8th, which was quite a wide window in this vintage. The results speak for themselves, with the beautiful nose offering up scents of lemon, apple, beeswax, chalky soil tones, citrus peel, a deft framing of vanillin oak and a lovely floral topnote redolent of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and sports lovely mid-palate depth, with lovely cut and grip, impeccable balance and a long, complex and focused finish." 

James Suckling, 94 Points 

"A beautiful white with sliced-mango, cooked-apple and lemon-curd aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with lots of fruit and intensity. Some tropical fruit at the end. White peaches, too. Delicious already. Drink or hold."

Vinous, 92-94 Points 

"The 2018 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru, which has been produced by Drouhin since 1928, comes from six separately aged parcels. Drouhin mentioned that quite a few barrels were deselected from this vineyard and blended into the Côte de Beaune Blanc. This possesses an intense bouquet with subtle scents of almond, praline and pressed white flower aromas. The palate is taut and linear on the entry, featuring lovely orange pith and apricot notes and hints of tangerine and white chocolate toward the gorgeous, pure finish. Wonderful." 

Wine Spectator, 93 Points 

"Distinctive aromas and flavors of white flowers, honey and peaches are wrapped in an embrace of sweet spices. This borders on creamy in texture and extends with an aftertaste of fruit, spice and toasty oak." 

Burghound, 90-93 Points 

"More evident wood can be found on the moderately exotic aromas of white peach, lychee, jasmine tea and a hint of tangerine peel. Once again there is a really lovely mouthfeel to the delicious and vibrant flavors that, much like the Puligny villages, are not particularly concentrated yet the refreshingly dry and sneaky long finish is impressively complex. This elegant effort should drink well both young and with up to a decade of bottle age. *Sweet Spot Outstanding*

Alcohol: 13.5% 

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