2002 Domaine J-F Mugnier Musigny Grand Cru

SKU #1277164 97 points Vinous

 Medium red. Immediately spectacular aromas of raspberry, baked bread and white truffle. Silky, thick and highly concentrated; densely packed, sappy and wonderfully sweet but seemed to go into a shell after five minutes in the glass. Finishes with a savory note of olive, almost invisible tannins and explosive length. A great showing today, although I can easily imagine this wine continuing to gain in aromatic precision and lift for another ten years. (ST)  (2/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby colour. The nose was a little closed to begin; it would appear the wine is going through a grumpy / reclusive stage. With some coaxing medium intense aromas of cranberry, earth, iron ore, wilted roses, dried herbs and cumin seed begin to emerge. The most elegant 2002 Grand Cru that I’ve tasted and I mean that in the best possible way. Medium to high acidity and a medium level of fine grained tannins. Very long finish with a mainly savoury aftertaste plus a touch of minerality. Still very young. (LPB)  (5/2010)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive, beautifully layered and still mostly primary nose mixes just a touch of secondary with black cherries, crushed red and black fruits and gorgeous spice notes. The rounded, elegant, intense and penetrating broad-shoulded flavors deliver superb precision on the intensely mineral-inflected finish that is still moderately firm though no longer so much that the explosively long and palate staining finale cannot be appreciated. I especially like the intensity and this does a slow build from the mid-palate on back. In sum this is a superb Musigny that should age for years though it's no longer so far away that it would be infanticide to consider opening one. Multiple and consistent notes.  (4/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 *Collectibles* There are sweet cherry and raspberry notes, along with floral and mineral accents in this elegant, classy red. There's a beautiful structure and the pedigree and finesse shows. It really fills the mouth in a subtle yet intense way, followed by a long finish. Needs time.  (12/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale transparent ruby. High toned and fragrant - very much more typical Mugnier than the 2003. Lightweight and charming. Such delicacy and a nice spine of very fine tannins. Long and pretty. Fresh sweetness with autumn leaves that make me wonder is there not just the merest hint of TCA on this? 18/20 points  (11/2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.