By Chris Gill
The Drouhin family is one of a select group limited to a dozen premier family-owned wineries known as the “PFV,” or Primum Familiae Vini. Only one family can represent a specific region, and France’s Burgundy region is very well represented by the Drouhins, who started making exceptional wines in Burgundy back in 1880. Véronique Drouhin ventured to the new world to establish Oregon’s Domaine Drouhin (whose Chardonnay I reviewed a few weeks ago and whose Pinot Noir wines I wrote about in this issue’s Oeno File column), but the family maintains a prominent profile in Burgundy with a sizable domaine that encompasses more than 182 acres in the sub-appellations of Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Côte de Nuits.
Clos des Mouches is Maison Joseph Drouhin’s premier cru vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The 2009 Clos des Mouches red Burgundy was made from Pinot Noir grapes harvested from biodynamic cultivated vines that average 39 years old, which contributes to the wine’s incredible complexity, structure, and depth. It’s very approachable in its youth, delivering a flowery, perfume-like nose and fresh flavors of raspberry and blackberry, with an alluring underlying smokiness and minerality. This could be one of the best Côte de Beaune wine from the exceptional 2009 vintage, and it’s sensibly priced for a French wine of this quality.
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