2000 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny Grand Cru
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($166) Bright medium red. Cool, pure, expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, minerals and flowers. Silky-sweet and seamless but still rather laid-back. Very concentrated but a bit youthfully aggressive today. Long finish features some chocolatey oak. Seems by far the least evolved of these 2000s, finishing with firm tannins and cool, lingering fruit. Mugnier always says that his Musigny needs 10 years of bottle aging, and it's possible that this wine, too, will benefit from that much patience.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2003
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91Mugnier's finest 2000 is the suave, ruby-colored Musigny. Violets and blueberries make up this ample, velvety-textured offering's aromatic profile. Lush, medium-bodied, and revealing outstanding depth of fruit, it slathers the palate with cherries, spices, and bilberries. A sensual wine, its long finish displays a ripe tannic backbone that is enveloped in sweet red fruits. Were it not for hints of alcoholic heat, this effort may have deserved a slightly higher score.Author: Pierre Rovani
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92This explodes on the nose and palate with fabulously complex aromas of floral black, seductive fruit trimmed in earth, anise, dried herbs and a touch of smoke and medium-full flavors that offer exceptional focus and such richness that this too seems almost liqueur-like. But even more impressive is the finish which simply does not quit yet despite all the fireworks, this manages to remain discreet, harmonious and perfectly balanced. While there is plenty going on, this is not a particularly big Musigny yet it is superbly refined, classy and extremely pure. Class in a glass and this delivers knock out quality for the vintage. This could actually be approached now though there is clearly more to come and it seems a shame to rush things unduly.Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2005
Self | Rating: 95Beautiful wine in an iffy year. Subtle yet bordering on the profound. Reaching its peak soon.Author: Stephen G41
Self | Rating: 95high acidity and mineral aroma. smooth tannin around the elegant mid-scale structure. feel like walking in a after-rain forrest.Author: Wang Chong
This estate began in the 1880s as one of many estates owned by Francois Mugnier, a Dijon businessman who decided to put his focus into wine when he turned 30. Chambolle had experienced a massive phylloxera outbreak earlier that year, and Mugnier wanted to bring the land back from devastation. He succeeded in revitalizing the vineyard, and produced quality Pinot Noir for the next 20 years. After his death in the early 1900s, his seven children took over the estate and began exporting premium wines to Paris and the United States. Today, they focus on lutte raisonée—a style of viticulture that avoids an over-dependence on chemicals.
Their approach to both viticulture and winemaking is aimed at preserving in the wines the purest expression of nature with minimal interference from technological practices. The vines are managed almost organically—no herbicides since 1991, no pesticides since 1997 and now only two treatments a year (against mildew) which are not organic.
The grapes are sorted diligently by the pickers before coming to the cellar in small cases. All stalks are removed and the whole berries are then transferred into vats. The wines are bottled after a second winter in wood without fining or filtration. The wines are known for being light in color, but brilliantly fragrant and notably persistent on the finish.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 245 bottles owned
- 55 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 55 collectors)