2005 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Jacques Frederic Mugnier

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The 2005 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses offers a lovely aromatic melange of ripe red cherry, raspberry, buddleia, orange zest, and ginger in the nose. It is juicy and refined, with the tannins melting away and the palate registering almost a white wine impression, richly-saturating and yet lilting, and with a sorbet-like presentation of black raspberry. This almost ethereal Chambolle finishes with startlingly vivid florality, sweet berry fruit and spice, with just a subtle suggestion of marrow. (None of the Mugnier 2005s register strong animal or meaty characteristics at this early stage.) ||Frederic Mugnier works from a just-expanded and superbly appointed cellar, and a tasting of his 2004s confirms that he is scoring hits even when Nature does not make it easy as she did the following year. Mugnier advocates unusually late but limited pigeage. “After all,” he opines, “we take great care not to crush the berries, so it doesn’t make sense to do an early pigeage and break them,” and late punch-down further extends the fermentation.||Various Importers. A Becky Wasserman Selection, Le Serbet; fax 011- 333-80-24-29-70. Wine Advocate.April, 2007

In the heart of Chambolle, at the Château de Chambolle-Musigny, is Domaine Mugnier. The domaine has been in the Mugnier family since the late 1800s, and has grand cru holdings in Le Musigny and Bonnes Mares, premier cru holdings in Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses and Les Fuées, the monopole of Nuits-St Georges Clos de la Marechale and parcels of village Chambolle-Musigny. Much of the vineyard was leased out throughout the 20th century to Faiveley. The story of the the domaine in its current form begins with Frédéric Mugnier, who took over in 1985.

Frédéric Mugnier is one of Burgundy’s great winemakers. An engineer by training, and a philosopher by nature, he achieves a purity in his Pinot Noir that is peerless. 2005 & 2009 Le Musigny from Mugnier are arguably amongst the finest wines ever made, and his monopole of Clos de la Marechale in Nuits St Georges is one of the most elegant wines of the appellation. The wines are not as fleshy as those of his neighbour, Christophe Roumier, though there is an elegance and harmony to Mugnier’s wines that makes them one of the most complete expressions of Pinot Noir.

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