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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 111303
An exceptional wine. Beautiful, deep-red ruby colour, with the bright sheen of great Burgundies. Intense and fresh nose for the young wines. Primary notes of red fruit dominate, such as Morello cherry ("griotte", or wild cherry), raspberry, blackberry. There are hints of complexity with smoky flavours evolving towards liquorice. When the wine is maturing, aromas of pepper, tobacco, humus and undergrowth appear. When drinking the wine, the first impression is always clear-cut and the texture fleshy. The body is firm without being rough, well meshed without being heavy. There is great freshness in the younger wines. With age, the wine gets rounder. It takes on "gras" (velvety texture) and a more precise architecture, supported by silky tannins. It is lively and refined at the same time. There remains a final and most pleasing sensation of harmony, fullness and delicate tannins, as the wine lingers on the palate.
The aromas of smoky new wood follow through to the wood flavors on the palate. However, it’s the powerful sweet black cherry and red berry fruit flavors, layered with fruit tannins and acidity, that are driving this impressive wine. For aging at least six years.
Slightly reduced nose offers fresh apricot, white pepper and wild herbs; there's something almost riesling-like about this. Dense and plush for young Clos des Mouches but at the same time juicy, spicy and penetrating. Sexy, oily, very ripe wine, finishing with strong spiciness and a suggestion of exotic fruits that currently masks this wine's normal underlying minerality.
Lightly-cooked yet tart cherry and rhubarb mingled with peat and rare beef characterize the Drouhin 2008 Beaune Clos des Mouches, which offers a gentler palate and more overt sweetness of fruit than most of its stable mates, yet manages to retain primary, fresh juiciness through a long and otherwise subtly carnal, leathery, and forest floor-inflected finish. The tannins are only subtly present yet abundant, and there is serious potential here for further complexity and 10 more years’ cellaring.