Elegant and aromatic Burgundy white wine from famed, biodynamic producer in Beaune.
Clos des Mouches is the flagship Premier Cru vineyard of Domaine Joseph Drouhin. It was acquired in the 1920s by Maurice Drouhin, the founder’s son, who went on the ambitious quest of purchasing 41 different parcels from 8 different proprietors in order to secure the entire 14 ha vineyard. The word “mouches” translates into “flies” but in the local language “mouches a miel” means “honey bees” and on this particular vineyard, there once used to be many beehives, which is why it was given the name “Clos des Mouches”. Clos des Mouches Blanc was included in the now infamous Judgement of Paris Tasting of 1976 and is now considered one of the most famous white wines from Beaune.
The vineyard is located near the southern end of the Beaune appellation and has a slight incline with a southeast exposure. The soil is rocky consisting of limestone, marl and clay which gives the wine great finesse and freshness. The average age of the vines is 45 years and half of the vineyard is planted in Chardonnay while the other half is Pinot Noir. The plant density ranges from 10,000 to 12,500 stocks per hectare which limits the production of each vine, producing fruit with a higher concentration of flavors. The estate uses only organic and biodynamic farming techniques and the grapes are all hand harvested to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
The Clos de Mouches Blanc 2015 offers complexity and elegance with great texture, minerality and a beautiful aromatic structure that is supported by balanced acidity. The 2015 white Burgundy vintage overall was very uneven however, the fruit from Clos des Mouches saw great consistency and concentration, resulting in a riper style of wine with good freshness. Another fantastic effort by Domaine Joseph Drouhin.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches has a superb bouquet with passion fruit, honeysuckle and jasmine, very expressive at this early stage with wonderful, vibrant fruit concentration. The palate is delicious now! Outstanding balance here, razor-sharp acidity, just a touch of lemongrass rubbing the citrus fruit up the wrong way and imposing superb tension on the finish. This is a Beaune Premier Cru that is punching well above its weight and comes recommended.