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A rich style, this white features lemon, peach and spice flavors, all backed by bright acidity. Balanced, leaving a chalky, even tannic impression on the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2029. 30 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 93 WSIf you like bold dry whites, then try this. Quite a tannic white Burgundy, but with richness that has a very positive impact on the wine. Plenty of citrus, plus some hazelnut and chalky character. Some real drive at the finish that promises a long life. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 93 JSIt’s always interesting to compare and contrast Albert Bichot’s Clos des Mouches white with the one from Joseph Drouhin, as this comes from a slightly higher parcel on the slope. The oak is a little more clamorous here and needs more time to integrate, but this is tauter and crunchier with a little less in terms of mid-palate weight. Drinking Window 2020 - 2024.Decanter | 92 DEC(Domaine du Pavillon (Pommard) - Domaines Albert Bichot Beaune "Clos des Mouches" 1er Cru White) An overtly floral nose offers up notes of pearl, apple and citrus where the latter can also be found on the round, delicious and once again generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors that deliver perfectly good if not truly distinguished depth though I do like the length. Note that my rating once again offers the benefit of the doubt that more complexity will develop if this is allowed a few years of cellar time. (Drink starting 2022)Burghound | 90 BH
The fruit takes a darker tone here, offering black cherry and black currant flavors alongside earth, autumn woods and spice notes. Defined by vibrant acidity, with moderately dense, well-integrated tannins. Fine length. Best from 2021 through 2033. 375 cases made, 200 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 92 WSThere’s a very fresh array of bright cherries here. Quite pure. Some violets, too. The palate has a succulent, almost silky feel with fine tannins suspended in ripe red-fruit flavors. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 91 JSRelatively prominent wood toast fights a bit with the more deeply pitched and notably ripe aromas of plum liqueur, cassis and discreet floral nuances. There is better mid-palate density to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine depth and persistence on the mildly toasty finale. This velvety effort will need a few years to more completely integrate its oak.Burghound | 91 BH(Beaune “Champs Pimont”- Domaine Clos de la Chapelle) 2017 vintage of Champs Pimont from Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is really a charmer in this vintage, offering up a beautifully pure, red fruity bouquet of red plums, cherries, a touch of cocoa powder, a lovely base of soil tones, a hint of fresh herbs and a very judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and more closed down than the nose suggests, with lovely focus and grip, a very good core of fruit, suave tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This is a really lovely bottle of Beaune premier cru, but it will need some time to properly blossom and the palate to catch up with the already beguiling generosity of the nose. (Drink between 2025-2075).John Gilman | 91+ JG
The Clos des Mouches made by Joseph Drouhin may be more famous, but Bichot’s parcel of 0.7ha, situated in the highest part of the Premier Cru, is pretty impressive in its own right. Bright, focused and chiselled, it’s the sort of white that wouldn’t look out of place in Puligny-Montrachet, combining citrus, wet stone and aniseed flavours.Drinking Window 2021 - 2028Decanter | 94 DECA creamy-textured white with sliced apples, pears, cream and some lemon and lime rind. Hints of morning yogurt and smoke. Medium-bodied, ready and delicious. Drink now or hold.James Suckling | 92 JSCream and roasted hazelnut notes create an inviting, rounded nose on this wine. The palate has that same hazelnut richness and creamy flow, buttressed by freshness that recalls lemon and yellow pear. A lovely balance and a juicy, fresh finish do justice to the warm 2018 vintage. Drink by 2035.Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE(Domaine du Pavillon (Pommard) - Domaines Albert Bichot Beaune "Clos des Mouches" 1er Cru White) An overtly floral nose combines notes of various white-fleshed fruit with those of lemon grass and spice wisps. The sleek, delicious and equally seductively textured medium-bodied flavors possess very good depth and sneaky length. This balanced effort should drink well young as well as with a few years of bottle aging. (Drink starting 2024)Burghound | 91 BHMarked by vivid acidity, this white evokes lemon, apple, vanilla and clove notes. A tad disjointed, this could use a year to integrate, or decant now. Shows echoes of oak spice on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2029. 480 cases made, 100 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 90 WS
A rich, creamy-textured red with ripe-strawberry, chocolate, stone and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s full and layered with attractive fruit and lightly chewy yet polished tannins. Flavorful finish. Subtle, yet structured. Try after 2022.James Suckling | 94 JSRevisited from bottle, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus is showing very well, unfurling in the glass with a brooding bouquet of dark berry fruit, ripe cherries, warm spices, baking chocolate and subtle soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, deep and muscular, it’s rich and powerful, with ripe tannins and a voluminous core of fruit, concluding with a long, heady finish. When I tasted this wine from barrel, Bouchard’s Frédéric Weber observed that analytically this 2018 is very similar indeed to the 1947 vintage of l’Enfant Jesus, and in its controlled but overt ripeness the analogy seems even more obvious from bottle.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RPIntense and tightly wound, this red displays a laser beam of cherry and berry fruit, with an underlying mineral element and steely structure. It’s concentrated and long, yet needs time to reveal all its facets. Best from 2023 through 2040. 150 boxes imported.Wine Spectator | 93 WSBouchard’s evocatively named parcel is a monopoly holding that covers 3.9ha on sand and gravel soils in the heart of Beaune Grèves. Picked early but still pretty ripe, this has tobacco pouch and clove aromas from 20% whole bunches, layers of mulberry and raspberry fruit, aromatic 20% new wood and a backdrop of sinewy, granular tannins.Decanter | 93 DECDiscreetly mentholated, ripe and brooding aromas speak of poached plum, spice and plenty of freshly turned earth scents. The medium-bodied flavors possess good delineation and an attractive mouthfeel before terminating in a lingering, youthfully austere and mouth coating finish that is shaped by a firmly tannic spine. This slightly warm effort is a big and very serious Beaune that is going to require plenty of time to arrive at its full apogee. Worth checking out.Burghound | 92 BH
This is rich and silky, setting the stage for black cherry and blackberry fruit, accented by spice and earth. Polished and harmonious, with a lingering, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2033. 380 cases made, 112 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 93 WSThis property that lies above the run of Beaune Premier Cru vineyards has produced a full, ripe wine. Generous red-cherry and plum fruits are shot through with young, fresh acidity. Wood-aging flavors are judicious, discreet and softening. Drink from 2024.Wine Enthusiast | 92 WESlightly funky (reduction), but also full of black-cherry fruit and a touch of smoky oak. This has generous fruit, but also striking freshness and quite full, grainy tannins. Mountain freshness at the bright finish. From a high-altitude vineyard site. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 91 JS
The 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru Blanc has a vibrant, energetic bouquet, the citrus fruit, mango and white chocolate scents bursting from the glass. The palate is well balanced with a smooth, viscous opening. Good concentration here, and very long and sustained. This represents one of the best whites from Bichot this vintage. Vinous Media | 90-92 VMFrom a 0.75ha plot at the top of the slope, in the Clos des Mouches, where Bichot owns some vines that give a wine of winning concentration. There is pleasantly ripe apricot and pear fruit, with a broad feel on the palate. Regal in stature, perhaps lacking a bit of acidity, although many will enjoy its rich character. Drinking Window 2024 - 2039.Decanter | 92 DECBetter known for its red wines, this premier cru vineyard also has a plot of Chardonnay. Ripe with yellow fruits and toastiness, this wine has a full-bodied character, juggling crisp acidity with generous fruitiness and texture. Drink the wine from 2022.Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE
Silky and beautifully balanced, displaying violet, raspberry, cherry and vanilla flavors. Though plush, this red is also lively and on the elegant side. Firms up on the fruit- and spice-infused aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2035. 390 cases made, 50 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 93 WSWhispers of char and smoked nut accent this rich black-cherry and plum flavored sip. Matured 12 months in barrel prior to bottling, it’s etched by subtle veins of sweet spice and and vanilla. This plush, softly tannic expression of Beaune is ready now but will likely drink well through at least 2030.Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE
The domaine owns just over 1ha in Beaune Premier Cru Cent Vignes, with a mid-slope position. The fruit is destemmed and fermented on native yeasts, prior to ageing in cask (25% new). Despite the heat of the year, the wine has retained a pleasant freshness and there is impressive depth to the grippy mulberry fruit on the palate. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029.Decanter | 93 DEC
Exuberant and joyful, this white Beaune is brimming with pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and vanilla. Ripe and concentrated, but not a jot too big. Stunning mineral acidity that turns the finish into a firework display of fruit and terroir colors. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 96 JSRipe, juicy yellow-plum and pear flavors are calibrated by a fresh mineral undertone in this voluptuous expression of one Burgundy’s most celebrated vineyards. Matured 12 to15 months in 25% new oak, it’s a big, powerful wine adorned in layers of sweet spice, smoke and dill undertones, but held upright by a spine of acidity. The wineneeds some time to meld but should drink at peak from 2025 to 2035 and hold longer still.Wine Enthusiast | 95 WEMingling aromas of citrus zest and pear with hints of white flowers, buttered toast and almonds, Drouhin’s 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc (Domaine) is medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with lively acids and a gourmand profile, concluding with a saline finish.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92-94 RPThe 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru, which is a selection from six different tries through the vineyard, has an intense nose, slightly Alsace-like in style thanks to a hint of linseed oil intermingling with yellow plum and orange blossom. The palate is well balanced with a tensile opening. Lovely orange pith and nectarine notes here. Not a voluminous wine, but very focused on the finish. Excellent. Vinous Media | 91-93 VM(Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaune "Clos des Mouches" 1er Cru White) Moderate reduction overshadows the fruit today though there is fine concentration to the surprisingly powerful flavors that don’t possess quite the same finesse though they are even more persistent. This generously proportioned effort has sufficient mid-palate fat to be enjoyable young while offering very good mid-term cellaring potential. (Drink starting 2026)Burghound | 91-93 BHLacy and pure on the nose with aromatic, fresh notes of acacia flowers, sweet peaches, apricots, lemon curd and a tinge of brioche. There is inspiring acidity, despite coming from a warmer vintage, which really adds zest and sense of weightlessness to this fuller bodied wine. Extended lees contact no doubt has added to its freshness and complexity. It finishes mineral and fresh. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030.Decanter | 92 DEC
Produced from 2.5 ha of domaine vines around the village of Beaune, notably the young vines of the Clos des Mouches, along with some purchased must. The grapes are pressed gently as whole clusters, lightly settled and fermented in cask (20% new). The wine has a lovely, buttery nose, with a ripe apple fruit and rich, nutty aromas that develop with time. Drinkable now, this will definitely continue to improve. Drinking Window: 2021 - 2029Decanter | 92 DEC
Another highlight this year—and what’s new?—is the 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Aux Cras (Domaine Gagey), an elegant, nicely concentrated wine that offers up notes of cherries, red berries, rose petals, orange rind and spicy oak. Medium to full-bodied, with refined tannins and lively acids, it’s one of the house’s finest Beaune bottlings.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92-94 RPAll the upfront red fruit and delicate earthiness that we expect from a good Beaune red, in a particularly bright and expressive form, the animating acidity making it seem to dance on your palate. Slightly sappy, but wonderfully lively finish. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 94 JSProduced from a fairly cool site upslope from Teurons, along the road to the Hautes-Côtes. The grapes are destemmed and fermented for four weeks before ageing, to deliver a wine with bright pomegranate and ripe cherry aromas on the nose, then a fresh, firm texture, impressive density and good length. Drinking Window 2021 - 2025.Decanter | 93 DECA more restrained and cooler nose reluctantly offers up its aromas poached plum, various red berries and warm earth. The more mineral-driven and slightly finer middle weight flavors are at once refined but punchy while delivering strikingly good depth and persistence on the powerful and moderately austere finale. This is potentially excellent.Burghound | 91-93 BHThe 2019 Beaune Cras 1er Cru is glossier and riper on the the nose compared to Jadot’s other Beaune Premiers, veins of blue fruit and vanilla pod infusing the red cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening, a velvety texture and red cherry and strawberry flavors, though it misses a little grip and density on the finish.Vinous Media | 88-90 VM
Iron, spice and dark fruit. Black pepper, too. Full and juicy, with lots of spice, asphalt, flowers and earth. Lots going on here. From Les Teurons and Bressandes sites. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 94 JSSince 2015, Kosta Browne winemaker Julien Howsepian has been travelling to Burgundy to select barrels from a cooperage near Beaune for his California Pinots. Aged in one-third new French oak, two premier cru plots were sourced for this Pinot: Les Bressandes, north of Beaune, confers rusticity, while Les Teurons contributes spice notes, underscored by redcurrants and cinnamon, bolstered by broad-shouldered tannins. A firm acid grip softens under a long, dark chocolate finish.Decanter | 92 DEC
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