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Burgundy's winemaking  : A philosophy of substraction

According to Daisuke Utagawa, partner and creative director at Sushi-Ko Restaurant, Washington D.C., subtraction allows chefs to reveal the essence of each ingredient in its most honest yet refined state.  By subtetly combining ingredients, a taste sensation is created that demonstrates the complexity and beauty of nature for the eye and the palate.
"In contrast, addition is the philosophy of classic French cuisine. The finest raw materials are combined to create a flavorful sum that is greater than its individual components."
The Burgundy growers commitment is to achieve honest and refined expressions of beauty through the nurturing and selection process that best characterizes their region.   Like Japanese chefs, these French grower/winemakers strive to remove or avoid elements in their winemaking process that obscure or diminish the quality of the fruit.

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Created in 1863, this a family estate run from the Château de Chambolle-Musigny. This was initially a 4-hectare Chambolle domaine but since Frédéric took back the family’s old Nuits St-Georges Monopole, Clos de la Maréchale, from Faiveley in 2004, the Domaine has increased to 13 hectares. The aim is to produce wines that are each representative of their respective terroir and vintage, while at the same time having their individual character, wines of harmony and sincerity. This is achieved by eliminating weed-killers and industrial fertilisers in the vineyard; neither of these have been used for 10 years, whilst in the cellars all processes that traumatise the wine, over extraction, for example, or excessive woodiness, are limited to a minimum. To allow each terroir to express itself, the wine making is excatly the same for all of the wines. These are sensual, stylish Burgundies of great finesse.

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Our approach to both viticulture and wine-making is aimed at preserving in the wines the purest expression of Nature with minimal interference from technological practices.


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Inside information

Le Musigny is considered by serious wine writers to be one of the greatest red wines of Burgundy, alongside le Chambertin, le Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze, la Tâche and la Romanée-Conti. A preference for one or other of these wines can only be due to personality and circumstance.

Our parcel of de 1.14 ha (2.8 acres) is entirely situated within the part known as  « Grand-Musigny ».
All of the vines were planted between 1947 and 1962, with the exception of only a small area (15%) replanted in 1997. The grapes from this part are declassified and are included in the Chambolle-Musigny « village » appellation. Therefore the only wine that we produce under Le Musigny appellation is from old vines.

Annual production varies between 2000 and 5000 bottles.

The composition of the soil varies in as one climbs the slope. Lower down the slope it is similar in structure to "Les Amoureuses" vineyard, although the underlying rock is more fissured. This allows the vine roots to explore deeper while enabling faster drainage .The upper part of the slope is primarily composed of a marl soil, lightened by large masses of friable oolitic limestone, this ensures good moisture reserves. The overall result is a drought-resistant vineyard that can also shrug off the September rain, the grapes are guaranteed to be completely mature every year and without irregularities.

The Wine

Le Musigny shares certain characteristics with its neighbour Les Amoureuses; the elegance of richness without heaviness, and it has a similar palette of aromatic composition, although in the case of the Musigny, the underlying structure is less vibrant, more steady, with exceptional depth and intensity of flavour. The length of the finish on the palate is incomparable.

The sommelier's advice
This great wine will open up slowly. Ten years are a strict minimum to allow full development. The ageing potential in the really great vintages is almost without limit.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  13 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  16 wines 

The 1986 Mugnier Musigny Vieilles Vignes was extraordinary, especially given the context of the vintage, and it was a perfect example of a wine needing time to be fully and properly evaluated. The nose was amazing and the nose of the night for sure, as it was both youthful and mature . heaven scent, if you will. There were intense aromas of rose, vitamin and mineral. The wine was hot, hot, hot . as in sexy and not alcohol! The palate was meaty and rich with loads of iron and iodine, leather, earth and spice. The wine was incredibly youthful still with long acids and .cinnamon. according to Bob. Allen called it .high-toned with clove. and .none of the harshness. of the 1986 vintage.. He also explained that Freddie himself confided that he lucked out when he made this wine, as he was still learning the ropes

5m 16d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  44 wines 

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 2010 / 20.0 points.

Fine colour. Aromatic, minerally nose. Not as fat as La Tache or Richebourg. A bit more of the stems. Best on the follow through. Very, very lovely complex fruit. Marvelous long, lingering finish. Truly excellent.

6m 18d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Bonnes Mares is a largish vineyard by Burgundian standards, and possesses, as you can see, a large number of owners. The 1.52 ha which lies in Morey are owned by the Clair family, and most of this is leased until 2016 to the Fougeray de Beauclair domaine, after which the parcel will revert to Bruno Clair, making him the second largest domaine in the climat.

Before the Clair-Daü estate was split in 1985 what is now owned by the Domaine Bart was also part of Clair-Daü. They were then the most important proprietors.

1y 27d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  2 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“Le Musigny is one of the very greatest climats in the whole of the Côte D'Or, one of a handful which includes Chambertin and Clos-de-Bèze, La Tache and Romanée-Conti. This is more than a prince of the blood in the royal house of Burgundy, as Pierre Léon-Gauthier would have it. This is majesty itself. And if one is thinking of its texture and character, the queen rather than the king. The other four can fight among themselves for the role of consort.”

1y 2m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  4 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Musigny, consequently, is the only grand cru with the exception of Corton which can be white as well as red.

At its best the red wine can be quite simply one of the most delicious wines to be found in Burgundy. Frédéric Mugnier speaks of an elegance coupled with a richness without heaviness and an exceptional intensity. Maybe the most refined of all Burgundy, says Véronique Drouhin. Musigny excites Jasper Morris more than Chambertin or Richebourg. It is perhaps the quintessence of grace. Anthony Hanson finds a silky, lingering, dreamy aftertaste. Russell Hone simply wants his ashes to be scattered there. Speaking personally, and I know I'm not the only one to take this view, it is the summit of achievement. With its vibrant colour, exquisitely harmonious, complex, profound bouquet, the blissful balance between tannin, acidity and the most intensely-flavoured fruit - all the petits fruits rouges you could reasonably imagine - and its incomparable breed, depth, originality and purity on the palate, a great Musigny is heaven in a glass.”

1y 3m ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Thibault Liger- Belair Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2012 - I remember proudly serving a bottle of Corton 15 years back to an expert on burgundy. It was from a great vintage and from a reputed producer. My guest was only politely impressed. I was perplexed because the same guest was very appreciative of some of the other Premier Crus I had opened that evening! He was right since the Corton was tannic and almost rustic. It failed to impress! I did not touch approach Corton rouge for a long time. Why should I take the risk of being disappointed. This phase lasted many years till I discovered the joys of Corton made by my friend Jean-Nicolas Meo. Meo Camuzet’s Corton Clos Rognet is a wine to bring tears of joy. A wine to die for. Ever since then I am back to discovering Cordon.
I have since fallen in love with the Corton and most other wines made by Thibault Liger-Belair who is famously bio-dynamic. The Corton Les Renardes 2012 was all I could hope for in a young wine. Corton Les Renardes comes from a walled site which means the Vixens, I like that. Stony soil rich in iron with minimal clay just enough to give the vine complexity, minerality and softness. Thibault’s Les Renardes comes from the middle of the slope from 50 year old vines.
A beautiful translucent colour shimmering in the light already set the tone for the beautiful nose of red and dark fruit oozing with violet and just a hint of wet earth. All in balance which no new world pinot can match. I was in raptures just nosing the glass. I did not need to drink the wine. After some time I took my first sip having opened the bottle 2 hours in advance with a small pour. A rich lush wine greeted my palate with enough power to pair beautifully with most dishes. Once again the validity of the ratings given long back to Corton Les Renardes by Jules Lavalle in 1855 who classified it as Hors Ligne while Camille Rodier classifed it at the very top as a Tête de Cuvêe in 1920 was proven correct! 97 points ”

1y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  35 wines 

“Comtes de Lafon Montrachet 2005 - 97 points / Straw yellow. Starting out with honey, nuts and butter, with more air all kinds of citrus and some orange flowers as well, superb minerality, detailed. Fresh acidity, creamy texture, bit rich and nutty, intense, layered, slight caramelized apples note, some bitter notes, orange peel, smoky minerals, ever so sligjtly rough in the incredibly long finish, minutes. ”

1y 8m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  9 wines 

Hong Kong is still killing it, drinking as well and more than ever. A Friday lunch and Saturday dinner surrounding our spring auction were perfect supporting arguments to my thesis. Twelve of us gathered at the recently remodeled Dynasty restaurant on a Friday for a civilized lunch celebrating our ‘Featured Collection of the Year.’ ”

1y 11m ago

 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“What a night! And not a single bad bottle. Not bad.”

3y 5m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Les Amis de Frank”

4y 1m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  12 wines 

“Shanghai tasting: Jiu Gui Hui (pronounced Joe Gway Hwee)”

4y 7m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier . In a tasting of  51 wines 

“Chambertin 1904”

4y 8m ago

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