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2010 Domaine J-F Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses"

SKU #1331808 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Ineffable aromas of briary raspberry, crushed stone, smoky minerality and smoked herbs. Wonderfully complex and ripe, displaying outstanding sucrosite buffered by firm acidity. Extraordinarily chewy, sweet wine with a three-dimensional texture and great palate-saturating length. "I've told everyone to hold their 2009s and not to even taste them today, but I wouldn't say that you couldn't try the 2010s now," noted Mugnier. A splendid example of this great premier cru. (ST)  (3/2013)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained and cool but superbly elegant nose features notes of spice, red currant, plum, crushed herbs and rose petal along with the hallmark mineral nuances. There is equally superb focus to the refined, delineated and lacy medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by dense but exceptionally fine tannins that are impeccably well-integrated on the energetic and explosive finish. The sense of underlying tension and poise here are impressive and the hugely long finale is breathtaking. Buy this brilliantly classy effort if you can find it. *Outstanding*  (1/2013)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses wafts from the glass with the most sensual aromatics one could possibly imagine. A weightless, airy wine, the Amoureuses graces the palate with extraordinary elegance. Despite its finessed personality, there is plenty of underlying structure lurking in the background. The Amoureuses is breathtaking in its sheer beauty, but the best is yet to come. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. (AG) 94-96+  (12/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite firm and substantial and meaty on the nose. Really quite broad for him. Riper than most. A lot of presence in the mouth. Doesn’t seem as if it’s from a less ripe vintage. 18/20 points.  (12/2011)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.