2005 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune Blanc 1er Cru "Clos des Mouches"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An exceptionally fresh and very pretty nose offers layered aromas of peach, apricot and floral undertones that merge into rich, full and generous medium full flavors that possess good power and intensity plus a finish that displays terrific punch and delineation. I very much like the sense of harmony and the balance is impeccable because while some '05 whites can be a bit ponderous, this is all one could ask for from a Beaune white. For my taste this has arrived at its peak though it should be capable of holding here for years to come. Tasted many times with remarkably consistent notes.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Intriguing, soil-inflected aromas of pear, grilled nuts, smoke and flint. Rich and tactile, with more obvious depth and sweeter fruit than the Chassagne villages Sweet flavors of pear, nut oil and clove are complicated by a liqueur-like note of amaretto. Finishes very long, with strong powdered stone and a hint of marzipan. Very distinctive, rich wine with the stuffing and balance to age slowly.
Bright and fruity, featuring spring blossom, citrus and apricot notes matched to a fleshy texture. Beautifully balanced and very appealing now, but should also age well. Best from 2008 through 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Now, this is a lovely, almost Leflaive-like white Beaune from Drouhin endowed with its captivating minerally nose with a touch of white flowers and chalk dust. The palate is very vibrant, spicy with racy acidity, perhaps a little botrytized fruit on the second half with a complex citrus, dried lychee and minerally finish. Great persistency – a superb white Clos des Mouches. Drink 2010-2018. Tasted February 2008. (NM-Wine Journal)