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2005 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de la Marechale 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES
  • 91 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 152508-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($182) Bright red-ruby. Cool, slightly inky aromas of blackberry liqueur and black cherry; slightly high-toned. Offers powerful black cherry, crushed berry and mineral flavors sexed up by the uncanny sweetness of the vintage. Very long and strong on the end, but the substantial tannins are supple. Here's a vintage in which this wine is markedly different from the rest of the cellar, and clearly identifiable as coming from Nuits-Saint-Georges.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Much more raw than the 2004. Difficult to penetrate on the nose but very flattering and mild and almost malty on the palate. Lots of lively fruit with real direction and verve. Lots of extract. Very long. Promises very well for the future. Such persistence!
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 08/14/2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 92

    No review available
    Drink Dates: 2015+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The Mugnier family's sprawling, gently-sloping 24-acre monopole just south of Premeaux-Prissey (managed and vinified by Faiveley until 2004) presents Frederic Mugnier with significant challenges. A small but symptomatic question is where to put it in the tasting line-up. Mugnier has decided to let it stand on its own at the end, a gutsy decision, but in the case of the 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Clos de la Marechale justified in the glass. The sheer volume of wine from these vines of forty years' average age requires not just the new larger cellar, but its own strategy of assemblage (from 2004 Mugnier bottled a second wine; in 2005 there were eight initial lots), as well as marketing. But at least here's one worthy 2005 Burgundy lovers stand a good chance of locating! What was virtually certain at the time of my visit to be the final assemblage of 2005 Clos de la Marechale offered aromas of red raspberry and smoked meats. In the mouth, effusively sweet, ripe, but very primary fruit flavors struggle to override the abundant, firm tannins and mingle with a tactile chalk dust minerality as though the nearby quarries were directly responsible. This is another Mugnier 2005 of palpably high extract, but this time with a sense of weight that does not accrue to the Chambolles. A salty, meaty side to this emerges most prominently in the long finish. Better post-assemblage integration may come soon, and more personality after a few years in bottle - certainly the invigoratingly fresh-fruited 2004 is a complete, distinct and satisfying wine today - but any prognostication would be premature since there is as yet no track record for this site in its owner's hands.
    Author: David Schildknecht
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Still very primary. deep, ripe pinot fruit on the nose, with a touch of earth. long finish. will be interesting to see how this develops in the cellar, its really quite delicious now.
    Author: Jeff
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. Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Their 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. The vines are run almost organically.

Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1358 bottles owned
  • 144 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 144 collectors)