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Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Crutext
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Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2012

Beaune, Côte de Beaune, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, FranceThe 2012 will be a very good Clos des Mouches. Typically reductive when young the nose is somewhat supressed showing light red fruit and black cherry aromas mix with smoke and earth. The palate is tight and youthful with smoky, black liquorice and subtle restrain cherry flavours. It’s the texture you notice, dense and plush but refined and perfectly balanced by the acidity. It’s exuberant in that Cote de Beaune way, less power and tannin but perfectly balanced to go the distance. This will need the standard decade in the bottle before it begins to unwind. The wine is aged in French oak (20% new) for 14 to 18 months. The Drouhin site at 14 hectares is the largest in the appellation. The clay and limestone site is planted to equal parts of chardonnay and pinot noir – average age of vines is 45 years old and the cultivation has been organic since 1990 and bio-dynamic (not certified) since the mid-90s. Today there are from 10,000 to 12,500 vines per hectare.Tasted: 10 March 2015Tasted by: Anthony Gismondi and Stuart TobePrices: BC 108.00 specialty listing QC 110.00 Producer: Joseph DrouhinDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 384057UPC: 12086543111