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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Burgundy, France
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Item no. 92487
An outstanding wine. Pale yellow color. Complex floral nose of white lilac and white rose. Once open, fruity aromas come to the fore, evolving towards grilled hazelnut and almond. When the wine is more mature, the nose is surprisingly strong and fifteen minutes of aeration produce wonderful notes of white truffle, citron, honey and nutmeg, elegantly meshed together. Very lively on the palate. Its rich texture is in evidence, but also its structure and minerality. It is round, but never heavy. Harmonious fullness in the aftertaste. This wine allies remarkably the complexity and elegance of a Bâtard-Montrachet with the power of a Corton-Charlemagne.
The Beaune Clos Des Mouches is Drouhin's flagship white, and the 1996 is superb. Revealing deep, austere mineral aromas, it possesses a gorgeously ripe, juicy, medium-to-full-bodied, and superbly-balanced personality. Almond paste, honeysuckle blossoms, and gravel flavors can be found in this silky wine. Its long, drawn-out, and precise finish is admirable.
Well-made white that blends beautifully, with the overt emphasis on toasted oak with ripe fruit. Not for everyone (all this wood), but it works partly because of the lush, supple, mineral-driven texture and fresh, vibrant acidity. Seductive finish.