2015 Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1327002 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from old vines of an indeterminate age). As is usually the case this is both more elegant and more aromatically complex with its wonderfully broad-ranging nose of sandalwood, violet, plum, lavender, Asian-style tea and dark cherry scents. The gorgeously refined, intense and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors are pure silk while delivering plenty of punch on the impeccably well-balanced finish. This is both classy and graceful and importantly for those who prefer their wines on the younger side, this should be reasonably approachable young meaning after 7 to 8 years. In a word, gorgeous. 2030+  (1/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureueses has a very detailed bouquet with a potent floral and marine aspect, violets mixed with oyster shells and a distant tang of mudflats (apologies, this comes from growing up on the Thames Estuary!). It is a very...evocative bouquet. The palate is defined by the fineness of the tannin and appears almost symmetrical in focus; nothing powerful or even intense, but instead there is a gentle but inexorable crescendo of flavors that maintains wonderful freshness and vitality, the terroir showing through right to the precise, almost pixelated finish. This is one of the most intellectual wines from this propitious vintages - just superb.(NM)  (12/2016)

95 points Decanter

 Heady, wafting raspberry nose, wonderfully elegant and sensuous. Creamy and velvety attack, intense but not too taut, the fleshiness overriding the structure at present. Pure pleasure that can only increase with time, a superb balance of fruit, acidity, and ultra-discreet tannins. A miracle of subtlety rather than power. Drinking Window 2018 - 2038.(SB)  (1/2017)

95 points John Gilman

 The 2015 les Amoureuses from Domaine Mugnier is stunning. The bouquet soars from the glass in a musky, red fruity blend of cherries, blood orange, kaleidoscopic minerality, raw cocoa, gamebird and a touch of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very soil-driven, with a sappy core of fruit, suave, seamless tannins, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very, very long, vibrant and still quite primary finish. Like the les Fuées here, this wine is so refined in its balance that it will be accessible from a relatively early age (if it does not close up after bottling), but will really deserve at least a full decade in the cellar to properly blossom. It will be very long-lived. 2025-2080.  (1/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, pepper, spices, menthol and rose petal. At once silky and bright on entry, then classically dry and a bit youthfully clenched in the middle, with its flavors of raspberry liqueur, minerals, chocolate and licorice in need of serious bottle aging to expand. This very ripe but energetic wine shows the suavest tannins among these 2015s to this point, spreading out to saturate the palate on the very long finish. (ST)  (1/2018)

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- 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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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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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.