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Date Printed: 8/2/2014
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2008
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2008
(search item no. 109002)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/2/2014: $99.00

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
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 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:

An outstanding wine. Pale yellow color with a 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 ruffle, citron (cedrat), 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.

At the southern end of the Beaune appellation, next to Pommard. The Drouhin vineyard is at mid-slope, on a mild incline with an east/south east exposure. It is the largest parcel in the Clos des Mouches (14 hectares - 35 acres), one half planted with Chardonnay, the other half with Pinot Noir.

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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.