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

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

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

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Drouhin’s is the largest parcel in the Clos des Mouches, which was largely spared by the frost. The 2016 proves a super example of the Clos’s charms. It is hugely complex on the nose, with aromas of white pepper, orchard fruit and a well-judged dose of new oak (25 percent). The mid-palate is dense, almost tannic, yet finishes fresh and mineral – as Véronique says, this combines the structure of Corton with the elegance of Puligny. Drink 2019-2028.
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

Maison Joseph Drouhin

Located in Burgundy, France, Maison Joseph Drouhin is one of the region’s most renowned and historic wineries and has a legacy dating back to 1880 when it was founded in the town of Beaune by Joseph Drouhin.

The winery is managed by the fourth generation of the Drouhin family, who are known for their commitment to quality and tradition. The vineyards are in some of Burgundy’s most prestigious appellations, including Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Chablis, and Côte Chalonnaise.

Maison Joseph Drouhin produces many red, white, and rosé wines but is mainly known for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some of their most renowned wines include Clos des Mouches, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Musigny, Beaune Clos des Ursules, and Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche.

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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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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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