Jacques Frederic Mugnier

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Jacques-Frederic Mugnier: The Importance

Jancis Robinson refers to Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier as “maker of some of the purest Chambolle-Musignys,” referring to the extensive and well-established estate based one of the Côte de Nuits’ most elegant villages. John Gilman believes “the wines are amongst the very greatest treasures to be found in all of Burgundy,” and Robert Parker attests that “Mugnier has made some of the most delicious, intriguing Pinot Noirs in Burgundy since the mid 1980s,” when Jacques-Frédéric oversaw the first wine bottled at the estate, then still known as Château de Chambolle-Musigny.

 

Jacques-Frederic Mugnier: The Insight

Every commentator singles out Mugnier’s prohibitively rare bottling of what Parker calls “a silken-textured, explosively aromatic, impulsively intense, seemingly weightless” Musigny. Mugnier is the second largest holder in this Grand Cru vineyard after Comte de Vogüé, with arguably better-located plots dead in the centre of the classic hillside part of the vineyard, (de Vogüé’s southerly parcel, known as Les Petits Musigny, is historically a separate Grand Cru in its own right). Many vintages of Mugnier Musigny have either completely vanished from the market or have seen prices rise fifty percent in recent years, as already shallow availability dwindles into virtual non-existence for what is regarded as one of the greatest wines in the appellation. In September 2016 this was further exacerbated when J.F. Mugnier announced he would no longer be releasing his Musigny en primeur, choosing instead to put small bottlings on the market only as they reach appropriate maturity. The news arrived in a letter signed by Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, with a personal message to his oldest and dearest customers: “Too many of these great bottles are opened as early as a few months or a couple of years after they were filled, at a time when they can only offer a few hints of their future greatness. Something like watching an opera on a cell phone screen… Musigny is among our wines the one that, more than any other, not only deserves but demands patience.”

 

Those who have less patience are still lucky that Mugnier’s Bonnes-Mares, the Grand Cru at the northern end of Chambolle-Musigny does not lag far behind in quality, while perhaps even more remarkable are the domaine’s Premier Crus Les-Amoureuses and Les-Fuées, both of which are cult wines in their own right.

 

However, the most famous Premier Cru is undisputedly the Clos-de-la-Maréchale, Burgundy’s largest Monopole. This impressive holding is a “true” clos, with stone walls encircling its enormous 14 hectare area at the southernmost end of Nuits-Saint-Georges. In 2005 Frédéric Mugnier re-grafted some Pinot Noir to Chardonnay here with outstanding results, but both white and red are extremely hard to find.  For Galloni, the 2009 Clos-de-la-Maréchale Blanc “possesses gorgeous energy and depth”, while Steve Öhman believes that the 2010 red Clos-de-la-Maréchale “represents all the best in Burgundy … juicy, vibrant, complex, enjoyable … a magnificent wine.”

 

Jacques-Frederic Mugnier: The Background

From the mid-19th Century until 1984, the Mugnier wine estate was entirely leased out, and since 1945 this was done by contract with the outstanding quality négociant Domaine Faiveley, who oversaw every aspect of viticulture and winemaking. Nevertheless, J.F. Mugnier has stated by way of example that when the sharecropping contract for Clos-de-la-Maréchale finally expired in time for the 2004 vintage, the number of man-hours spent on each vine here tripled. Similarly, across the holdings, pruning systems have been optimised to regulate vigour and re-planting minimised to promote vine age. New oak has been gradually reduced in the cellar. These are just some details of Jacques-Frédéric’s increasingly elegance-focussed style, praised by the Revue des Vins de France for “opening up a new avenue in the expression of great Burgundy.”

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2014 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2014 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

£5,282.00
£1,321.00
£440.00
£549.00

2013 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2013 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

£5,369.00
£1,342.00
£447.00

2012 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2012 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

92.0
£8,619.00
£8,619.00
£719.00
£561.00

2011 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

93.5

2011 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

93.5
£4,447.00
£370.00

2010 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.5

2010 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

92.5
£7,647.00
£637.00

2009 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

94.0

2009 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

94.0
£6,435.00
£536.00

2008 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

95.0

2008 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

95.0
£5,926.00
£493.00

2006 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

93.5

2006 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

93.5
£6,264.00
£522.00

2005 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2005 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

£10,569.00
£880.00

2004 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2004 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

£4,264.00
£355.00

2003 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

93.0

2003 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

93.0
£8,046.00
£670.00

1999 Bonnes Mares Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

86.0

1999 Bonnes Mares Burgundy

86.0
£8,761.00
Duty Paid £730.00

2014 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

89.5

2014 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

89.5
£1,044.00
£90.00

2013 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

90.0

2013 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

90.0
£1,067.00
£91.00

2012 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

89.0

2012 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

89.0
£1,259.00
£107.00

2011 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

88.0

2011 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

88.0
£1,393.00
£118.00

2003 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2003 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

£1,770.00
£149.00

2000 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2000 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

£11,959.00
£996.00

1998 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1998 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

£1,755.00
Duty Paid £148.00

1989 Chambolle Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1989 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

£13,215.00
£1,100.00

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£8,264.00
£688.00

2013 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2013 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£7,950.00
£662.00

2012 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2012 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£10,010.00
£834.00

2011 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

91.5

2011 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

91.5
£5,755.00
£479.00

2010 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

95.0

2010 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

95.0
£13,551.00
£1,128.00

2009 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

96.0

2009 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

96.0
£14,221.00
£1,183.00

2008 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

95.0

2008 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

95.0
£11,371.00
£947.00

2007 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2007 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

92.0
£9,731.00
£811.00

2006 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2006 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£11,491.00
£957.00

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£6,495.00
£541.00

2003 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2003 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£8,761.00
Duty Paid £730.00

1999 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1999 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£10,058.00
£838.00

1996 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1996 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£10,125.00
£843.00
Duty Paid £883.00

1989 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1989 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Burgundy

£10,845.00
£903.00

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

£1,962.00
£165.00
Duty Paid £165.00

2012 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

91.0

2012 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

91.0
£2,108.00
£177.00

2011 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

90.0

2011 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

90.0
£2,085.00
Duty Paid £1,044.00

2010 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

94.0

2010 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

94.0
£5,075.00
£5,075.00
£2,538.00

2009 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2009 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

92.0
£2,968.00
£248.00

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

£2,701.00
Duty Paid £226.00
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1998 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1998 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Burgundy

£2,629.00
Duty Paid £220.00

2012 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

97.17

2012 Musigny Burgundy

97.17
£17,243.00
£4,310.00
£1,436.00

2011 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

94.5

2011 Musigny Burgundy

94.5
£9,052.00
£754.00

2010 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

97.0

2010 Musigny Burgundy

97.0
£24,668.00
£2,059.00

2009 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

98.0

2009 Musigny Burgundy

98.0
£18,545.00
£1,545.00

2008 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

97.0

2008 Musigny Burgundy

97.0
£13,167.00
£1,096.00

2007 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

94.0

2007 Musigny Burgundy

94.0
£10,965.00
£914.00

2004 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2004 Musigny Burgundy

£8,629.00
£8,629.00
£719.00

2001 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2001 Musigny Burgundy

£13,251.00
£1,103.00

1993 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1993 Musigny Burgundy

£21,920.00
£1,828.00

1990 Musigny Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

1990 Musigny Burgundy

£18,175.00
Duty Paid £1,513.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

90.0

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

90.0
£965.00
£965.00
NEW
£483.00

2014 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2014 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

£694.00
£712.00
£694.00
Duty Paid £694.00
£348.00
£694.00
Duty Paid £694.00
£61.00
£118.00

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

92.0
£737.00
£737.00
Duty Paid £737.00
£369.00
£737.00
Duty Paid £737.00
£369.00
Duty Paid £35.00
£64.00
£125.00

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

87.0

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

87.0
£910.00
£910.00
£455.00
£910.00
£78.00
£153.00

2011 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

91.0

2011 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

91.0
£722.00
£722.00
£362.00
£722.00
£63.00
Duty Paid £63.00
£123.00

2010 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2010 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

92.0
£993.00
£993.00
£497.00
£331.00
£85.00

2009 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2009 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

£982.00
£982.00
£982.00
£84.00
Duty Paid £84.00

2008 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2008 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

92.0
£886.00
£886.00

2007 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

90.0

2007 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

90.0
£1,023.00
NEW
£1,023.00
NEW
£1,023.00

2005 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

90.0

2005 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Burgundy

90.0
£1,205.00
£1,205.00
£602.00
£1,205.00
£97.00
Duty Paid £103.00

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Burgundy

£934.00
£467.00

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Burgundy

£1,019.00
NEW
£87.00

2009 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

92.0

2009 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Burgundy

92.0
£982.00
£491.00
£84.00

2007 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Mugnier; Jacques Frederic Burgundy

2007 Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Blanc Burgundy

£946.00
£81.00

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