1999 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny Grand Cru

SKU #995609 97 points John Gilman

 The 1999 Musigny was very closed down when first poured at our most recent tasting, but it blossomed beautifully with a bit of air and I would have loved to have seen it spend thirty minutes in decanter before it was served. The bouquet is very deep, very pure and perfumed, as it delivers a complex and sappy blend of red and black cherries, cocoa, a touch of gamebird, complex soil tones, blood orange, incipient notes of sous bois and espresso. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep, pure and very sappy, with ripe tannins, sound acids and great length and grip on the youthfully closed, but intensely flavored finish. With a bit more bottle age, this will be superb. (Drink between 2016-2060)  (9/2009)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Mugnier's 1999 Musigny Grand Cru is still a very youthful wine, but a few hours' decant gives a more than adequate sense of its immense quality. A beautiful bouquet of raspberries, black cherry, cocoa powder, violets, peony and incipient notes of rich soil and cedar introduce a pure, full-bodied wine with pitch-perfect balance and a deep, spherical core of ripe tannin, juicy acidity and reserved concentration. This is not an especially flamboyant wine, but it's incredibly authoritative and sophisticated; and in another decade, it will be just irresistible. (WK) 96+  (3/2018)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (opened from personal storage; also with thanks to Geddy Lee). A highly expressive, indeed even explosive nose offers up wonderfully pure spice and methol-infused black cherry fruit aromas that complement elegant, sexy and beautifully refined medium-weight flavors that are underpinned by velvet wrapped tannins and stunning persistence. Though this is not what I would call a dense wine, it has a finish that lasts for minutes and exudes energy and vibrancy plus the impeccable balance should permit the '99 Musigny to drink well for a long, long time. A terrific wine that clearly is still on its way up so so assuming that you have well-stored bottles, there should be no concern about missing the prime drinking window. All of that said, this could be enjoyed now with 30 minutes or so of air and the right food. I have multiple, and consistent, notes.  (10/2012)

95 points Vinous

 Moderately saturated medium red; the color seemed to deepen with aeration. Deep, slightly roasted aromas of raspberry, coffee, dark chocolate and underbrush. Very dry and powerful, conveying a subtle balsamic quality but at the same time more vibrant in the mouth than on the nose. Wonderfully tactile, mouthcoating Musigny with penetrating soil and mineral qualities. Finishes with outstanding length and grip and a serious spine of fine-grained tannins that saturate the entire palate. "My wines always age more slowly than I expect," said Frédéric Mugnier, who has told me through the years that the rule of thumb for his top bottlings is to wait ten years. In fact, I'd still give this wonderfully savory, deep, soil-driven wine another year or two in the cellar before pulling the cork. (ST)  (3/2018)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose of raspberry, minerals, herbs, spices and tar. Quite backward today but penetrating and completely ripe. Strong, perfectly integrated acidity frames and carries the sappy fruit. Finishes with great precision and grip. The yield here was 20% higher than in 2000, according to Mugnier, but this wine has more density of material to support its tannic carapace. (ST) 94+  (4/2002)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, whose family owns the Château de Chambolle, has made a huge, deeply colored wine with aromas of roses and truffles. To taste, it is rich, opulent and oozing fruit, with generous tannins and fresh acidity coming together in fine balance. It has all the seductive character of Musigny. *Editor's Choice* (RV)  (11/2002)

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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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France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.