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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006
(search item no. 94779)
collectible wine
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1992 The Wine News rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Admirably situated on a hill between Pommard and Beaune, with a direct southern exposure, Clos des Mouches is one of the most famous Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune. The name "Clos des Mouches" probably goes back to the beginning of the Middle-Ages (around 1550) because of its slopes facing South/South-East: a very favourable place for keeping bees. The word "Mouches" (Flies) was actually the local name for bees. As bee keepers started to set up their bee-hives, the area became known as "Clos des Mouches" (i.e. the Enclosure of the Honey Bees).

After the destruction of the Burgundy vineyards due to the phylloxera epidemic of 1875-1880, Clos des Mouches was entirely replanted with Pinot Noir. Having fortunately come across some ancient documents which revealed that the vineyard had previously produced an excellent white wine, Maurice Drouhin, in 1921, began replanting with some Chardonnay. The result was of exceptional quality. To-day, there is an almost equal balance between white and red.

Some of the stocks he planted are still alive to-day. They constitute a precious genetic pool, especially when grafted onto superior root-stocks. They are not vigorous and produce tiny berries with a thick skin. The density of plantation is high and the yield is low.

Soil doesn't change much in the Clos. Lighter and stony at the top, coloured with broken stones at the bottom, with a good variety of chalky marls bringing complexity. Once harvested, the white grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press. The juice obtained is then fermented in oak barrels for a year during which the malolactic fermentation will take place.

Clos des Mouches white is a generous wine combining the body of Corton Charlemagne and the elegance of Montrachet. Its hue is bright, limpid, and pale golden. It has an elegantly perfumed nose of smoky citrus with tinges of vanilla. On the palate, the aromas are reminiscent of honey, almond, lemon and, as the wine gets older, grilled almonds.

It is best served at 12°C (53F) and is perfect with fish or white meat in sauce. It needs at least two years in bottle to fully develop and can last 8 to 12 years.

"Pale lemon; persistant, light, lemon-zest and oak-scent nose; well balanced, supple, fruity middleweight; ripely juicy, moderate complexity, stylish..."
-The World of Fine Wine

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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.