Joseph Drouhin, a powerhouse in Beaune that started as a negotiant in 1880, now owns ~60 hectares of vineyard in Bourgogne including some of the most renowned around the globe - Beaune Clos des Mouches, Chambertin, Clos de Beze, Echezeaux, Musigny, etc. Making all its wines in a perfectionist manner, Joseph Drouhin is a reliable name to follow for both reds and whites. The house style captures the purity of fruits with shorter aging period in oak and earlier bottling to preserve the charming fruitiness and reflect the terroir in which the grapes were from.
One of their flagship wines that offers great quality and value is Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru. Joseph Drouhin is the largest owner of this terroir and both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted here. The red wine produced is elegant and filled with purity of fruits, and at only HK$620 per bottle, it is certainly one of the best to catch -
Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2016 (Pinot Noir)
HK$620 per bottle, Minimum purchase 3 bottles or above 92 pts Allen Meadows “Outstanding” 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. Subject to final confirmation. Arrives at the end of April. Delivery is free-of-charge for single purchases above HK$3,000 (or accumulated amount at time of delivery); otherwise a standard delivery fee of HK$80 applies.
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