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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2002
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2002
(search item no. 83225)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 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.

The Clos des Mouches red is made from Pinot noir and a small percentage of Pinot Gris ; the vineyard takes full advantage of the sun exposure to the South-East. The hand-picked grapes are brought to the winery in small 50-pound crates. The grapes are then pressed and sometimes the stems are kept. An 18 day-fermentation and maceration takes place with daily pumping over and punching of the cap. The wine is then put in barrels where it matures, smoothes out and looses its acidity. After 15 to 18 months of "élevage" in wood (old and new oak) and frequent tastings, Clos des Mouches is bottled.

It is distinguished by its elegance and finesse : round, velvety, and beautifully balanced. It has complexity and depth in a soft but very intense sort of way. Aromas are very refined with ripe black cherry, spices, earthy and lightly smoked notes with just the right touch of tannin. This wine can be put away 10 years or even 20, depending on the vintage; it can also be enjoyed in its youth, with all its glorious fruitiness.

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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.