2014 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Mouches"

SKU #1280773 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* Once again there is a small amount of post-bottling SO2 present but not so much as to mask the fresh and ripe aromas of pear, apple, white peach and floral-scented nose. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the round and caressing middle weight flavors that manage to retain reasonably good cut on the lightly mineral and citrus-infused finale that delivers excellent depth and length. Note that this should be approachable young yet age to good effect. Drink: 2021+  (6/2016)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Beaune 1Er Cru Clos des Mouches was picked between September 16 and 19, completely destemmed and raised for 16 months in cask. Noticeably deep in color, it has a tight blackberry and briary-scented nose that needs to develop a little more complexity and tension. The palate is dense on the entry, well balanced and showing some oak at the moment that will need to be subsumed. There is respectable weight and substance here, a touch of chewiness but decent length. A bit broad-shouldered, give this Clos des Mouches 4-5 years in bottle. (NM)  (12/2015)

89-90 points Vinous

 (the production here was a tiny eight hectoliters per hectare): Bright red-ruby. Musky, slightly reduced aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and crushed stone. Much denser than the Beaune Grèves, with strong minerality energizing the middle palate. The very firm tannins will require extended cellaring but strict selection has produced a very successful wine under difficult conditions. This vineyard has been brutalized by hail in recent years and the vines will need time to recover; even in 2015, they yielded just 15 hectoliters per hectare. (ST)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark cherry red. Dark-red fruit, peppery and a touch stemmy though it is apparently destemmed. Dry, dark and savoury on the palate, a little smoky (reductive?), more like a wine from vines grown on schist than a Beaune. Dry and grippy on the palate, though the tannin texture is paper fine, lots of dry layers. Hiding its light and aroma for the moment. 17++/20 points. Drink 2020-2030. (JH)  (11/2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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