"I like the balance and transparency"
- 2016 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge

Posted by Ian McFadden

Simply put: Clos des Mouches is a very special site.

If Beaune is known for being somewhat sturdy and rustic, Clos des Mouches is something of an anomaly; the wine is strikingly elegant, suave and silky in texture.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been blown away by a bottle of Drouhin’s Clos des Mouches.

The 2016 Mouches dramatically highlights how the wine takes the force and heft of Beaune and adds an incredibly finessed mineral tension.

Clos des Mouches was one of the first sites that Joseph Drouhin bought in the 1920s and remains one of the gems of the domaine's heavy hitting stable. For Burgundy lovers, it's one of great bastions of value.

I’ve been at many dinners where an old bottle of Clos des Mouches has outshined many of the Grand Crus at the table.

The 2016 Mouches possesses a lovely cool profile and concentrated, soil-inflected boldness. In this vintage, which doesn't pull any punches when it comes to gripping palate presence, the wine manages to be lifted and explosively clear and bright. It's really hard not to be impressed by the 2016's sappy and transparent drive.

The wine has a reputation for making serious old bones - the Burghound has notes from recently tasting a great 1964. The combination of tension and sheer concentration gives me confidence that the 2016 will age beautifully.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits