2016 Beaune Rouge, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

2016 Beaune Rouge, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

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2016 Beaune Rouge, Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

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Although its effects were felt less in the Clos des Mouches, the frost limited the yield here, resulting in an exceptionally concentrated cuvée . The crop was healthy, permitting the inclusion of 10 percent of the stems. Deep ruby in colour, this is a touch reduced on the nose, but quickly reveals bright bramble fruit and floral aromas. The palate is dark-fruited and earthy; the tannins are firm at present but promise to become velvety with age. Drink 2021-2030.
Adam Bruntlett, Burgundy Buyer

Originally from the Yonne department, Joseph Drouhin founded the négociant company which bears his name in 1880. His son Maurice took over in 1918, buying the first vineyards including the famous Beaune Clos des Mouches. His successor Robert Drouhin has now passed on management to his children Frédéric (managing director), Laurent (export markets), Philippe (vineyards) and Véronique (oenology). Philippe manages the vineyards biodynamically while Véronique is supported by oenologist Jérome Faure-Brac and chef de cave Mélanie Sire. Véronique Drouhin is happy with the quality of the vintage, and philosophical about its quantity. She points out that a number of village-level wines have been enhanced by the addition of grapes from Premier Cru vineyards too badly frosted to justify their own cuvée. Where the frost was marginally less severe, the team at Drouhin used a tiny tank press – bought in response to the small crop in 2013 – to make what Véronique describes as “micro- cuvées”. Harvest began here on September 23rd, with meticulous sorting to separate the ripe (first generation) grapes from those which grew after the frost. Virtually all the grapes were de-stemmed, and pigeage preferred to pumping-over in a bid emphasise the fresh, fruity character of the vintage.

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Maison Joseph Drouhin

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Beaune

Beaune

The wines of Beaune are usually on the lighter side, especially if from the flatter vineyards on the Pommard side, or the sandier soils towards Savigny. The sturdiest wines with the greatest depth of flavour come from the steeper slopes overlooking the town itself.

The Hospices de Beaune charity auction on the third Sunday in November is one of the highlights of the year. The Hospices building, known as l'Hôtel-Dieu, is well worth visiting. Beaune is also home to several of the region’s best known merchants such as Maisons Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin.
  • 128 hectares of village Beaune and 52 hectares of Côte de Beaune
  • 322 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards. The finest vineyards include Les Grèves, Clos des Mouches
  • Recommended producers:  Germain, Devevey, Domaine des Croix, JadotDrouhinCamille Giroud.
  • Recommended restaurants: Ma Cuisine (not least for the wine list), Le Conty

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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