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Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge Joseph Drouhin 2016 (750ML)
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95 Points, Zachys Buying Team: "Tasted three times. The Zachys Team uncorked the new arrival yesterday over the course of twelve hours. Once again, the symbolic Burgundy impressed, showcasing its signature classic and rustic Burgundy profile which empathizes finesse, energy and lift rather than brute size or polish. On the palate there is red fruit purity and herbaceous undertones that can please the Grand Cru Burghead to enthusiasts that appreciate Sangiovese's most noble expressions. Expect to find succulent and tart wild berries, black cherries, red currants, and plum all accented by a touch of orange zest, rose petals, bouguet garni, and salinty. The wine is reticent as always and with airs opens, remaining so fresh and light on its feet with its energetic and acid bite. There is an inner perfume to the wine that echoes across the palate for a long mineral finish! Another classic from a classic.
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Healthy medium red. Deep nose displays red and darker berries accented by spices, minerals and flowers; ultimately a bit blacker in character than the Grèves. Also more airy in the mouth, with a very fine-grained texture and harmonious acidity that makes the Grèves seem almost heavy by comparison. Lovely subtle inner-mouth perfume here. Finishes with nicely delineated fruit and spice notes, lively tannins and saliva-inducing minerality. (Drink between 2024-2033)" 1/18
95 Points, James Suckling: "Fascinating aromas of dried strawberries, dried meat, spices and dried rose petals. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Polished tannins. Pretty length. Drink or hold." 2/18
92 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound: " In contrast to the nose of the Grèves the reduction is not subtle and I would strongly recommend decanting this if you're tempted to crack a bottle young. Otherwise there is gorgeous detail to the finer tension-filled and ultra-pure flavors that finish with a touch of austerity. I like the balance and transparency and while this is not quite as concentrated, it's more elegant. Note that my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that the firm reduction exhibited by the nose is not permanent. " 4/18
93+ Points, John Gilman, View From the Cellar: "The 2016 Clos des Mouches rouge was one of the few wines in the cellars this year to include ten percent whole clusters. The wine was a touch reduced at the time of my visit, but with a little coaxing in the glass, its quality became very easy to read. The nose eventually offers up a lovely and nicely black fruity blend of sweet dark berries, black cherries, fresh thyme, a superb signature of soil, gamebird, espresso and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and very refined in profile, with a sappy core of black fruit, lovely transparency, suave tannins and great length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This wine reminds me aromatically and in terms of flavors very much of the superb 1993 Clos des Mouches, but the structural elements here are more refined and the wine will be more elegant when it is fully mature. Needless to say, that is a very good combination! (Drink between 2026-2075)" 11/17