Why Big Red Diary?
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2007 Chanson Père et Fils, Beaune Clos des MouchesJul. 2010
Pale lemon yellow. Riper and denser fruit aromas. A hint less silk, but it is replaced by a concentration of more fruit-driven flavours. Still shows a fine balance and good minerality. This finishes long…
2005 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Clos des MouchesDec. 2009
Medium, medium-pale yellow colour. The nose is quite forward and displays both width and aromatic depth. Faint butter edges yellow fruit, and there’s a hint of torrefaction at the borders that adds a butterscotch note to the ripe lemon fruit. Very good texture, balance, and with an intensity that keeps growing in the mouth. There’s none of that warm fat that is typical of a Beaune blanc, and there’s a good burst of interest in the mid-palate. The flavours of the finish have a more mineral aspect and is very, very good. Overall, it’s a great package – every sip was savoured.
2007 Pavillon, Beaune Clos des MouchesApr. 2009
Wide and ripe with a background caramel note. Fuller in the mouth with plenty of acidity – though slightly tart acidity behind. Quite a savoury burst in the mid-palate before fading. In 2007 a more mineral impression to this Beaune that the norm.
1998 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Clos des MouchesNov. 2007
Medium ruby-red colour. The nose is soft, wide and red – perhaps with a hint of mint to go with many layers of fruit. In the mouth there is plenty of ripe, red-shaded fruit which shows an excellent length – I do, however, find the acidity sticking out just a little. There’s still some well-grained tannin that has plenty of balancing extract. Only the less than perfect acidity means that I don’t unreservedly recommend this. Still a more than interesting wine.
2003 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Clos des MouchesApr. 2007
It’s a wide, slightly dense nose that slowly develops baked red fruit notes. The palate is also a little dense, showing plenty of grainy tannin – though it’s not so astringent. The fruit has a slightly roast impression, but for all that is really quite interesting. Overall this comes across a little rustic and lacking finesse. Fans of 2003 will enjoy it for sure, but it’s not my ‘bag’.
2005 Pavillon, Beaune Clos des MouchesApr. 2007
The nose is rather similar to the villages Meursault, understated and precise. Broad-shouldered, rather simple flavours only hint at the concentrated base. There is good acidity providing a very nice balance, but today this wine showed little.
1999 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Clos des MouchesJul. 2004
Deep cherry red. A nose of spicy black fruit and already a little secondary development, some undergrowth too. Sweet with impressive concentration of spicy fruit and superbly covered velvetty tannins – very long and creamy too. Personally I’d prefer a little less spicyness, but this is a very, very good wine.
2000 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Clos des MouchesMar. 2003
In this case the ‘mouches’ are bees, not flies! This, the best known of Drouhin’s vineyards was purchased about 1918, today it is run on a biodynamic basis. The colour is similar to the Côte de Beaune. Again, reserved on the nose, a little toasty perhaps – though Drouhin don’t char their barrels. Very good acidity and much finer tannins than the last wine. The black cherry fruit is intense, lasting well in the finish. A very good wine, again will benefit from some time in the cellar.
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