International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95Good deep red. Very dark, complex aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, lifted by a peppery nuance; slightly liqueur-like. Then powerful and large-scaled, with confectionery dark berry and pepper flavors saturating the entire mouth. With so much baby fat here, I don't yet find a great deal of detail. Mugnier notes that this is 14.5% alcohol.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2011
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Not racked. Not much on nose. But massive sweetness on the palate - quite different from the delicate austerity of de Vog‚ and confident delayed explosion of Roumier. Very come hither at first though quite tight on the palate. Rather more 'made' than the casual Roumier version. Even a little raw. Exciting and explosive but quite drying on the finish. Maximum 20% new oak even for this.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 2009 Chambolle-Musigny boasts gorgeous depth and elegance at this level. Sweet hard candy, flowers and licorice are some of the many nuances that emerge from a wine that represents a quintessential expression of Chambolle and the vintage. The 2009 is intensely perfumed, sexy and inviting. It is a great introduction to the wines of Frederic Mugnier.Author: Antonio Galloni
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
- 103 bottles owned
- 22 collectors