Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Bin 75): Dull ruby, see through, pale rim; funk, sulfur, some peanut shells, great rose, extremely floral, intense sour cherry and strawberry, some herb, incense; softer palate, silky, great focus, ethereal, love the texture, light but nice depth; a bit confused but called Chambolle.
No prior decanting. Quite accessible after a short time in the glass; not quite sure it improved after that over, say, one and a half hour. Otherwise it is all it should be: Perhaps more earthy than the sexy smoothness of a Mugnier Chambolle (last tasted around 1992), but polished, pure, complex and wonderful; after the very highest standards it could perhaps be seen as lacking a little in the beauty of the aftertaste(which had a slight green note) and in the expansiveness of its possible future ethereal character. Still, a delight for what it is.
Ahhh...ça pinote à souhait ici! Au nez, c'est floral et sur les petites baies rouge. En bouche, souple et digeste avec un beau fruit, des framboises et des fraises avec du poivre. Assez long et suave en finale. Très bien.
Second wine at the NSG tasting. A light rusty red wine with perfume and stable notes on the nose. Surprising few characters on the nose and on the palette. It is a straight forward wine with some acidity. I believe the wine is just closed and needs time to age. It may have entered its sleeping phase at the moment.
bright, clear red color, clean fresh fruit (red currant at first, and then deepened into cherry after about an hour), some mushroom notes in the background. Paired very well with spiced venison. Overall impression was light and bright, with hints of more complex aromas appearing from time to time.
Burgundy Night: Pick the Grand Cru (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of soy sauce, earth, slight truffles, red cherries. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of sweet red cherries, strawberry, earth, slight truffle. Long finish. Quite approachable and had me guessing 2008 vintage. Very good quality. Very nice drinking now. Will develop more tertiary notes over the next 5 years.
Feminine wine nicely balanced good earth strawberries and sometimes big round red fruit. Would have scored higher, but seemed inconsistent over five days of drinking. A couple of times this seem to have a real brilliance and then other times it seemed flat. Maybe I took to long to consume it.
This medium garnet wine was among a multitude of "ringers" at a single-blind Central Coast Pinot Noir tasting. From a bottle generously provided by J.P., it fooled no one. Aromatically effusive of wild berries, sandalwood, violets and licorice, it follows with a medium-bodied, fresh palate of similar flavors. The tannins are nearly fully resolved and the alcohol (listed as 13%) is tightly integrated. Solid in the middle, it concludes with a lengthy, balanced aftertaste. This Burgundy is drinking beautifully at this point. It should be at its best over the next five years. Drink now-2019.
Transparence, grande pureté aromatique, fraîcheur, fruits rouges, délicatesse, et acidité qui semble mieux intégrée aux autres éléments. Je me réconcilie petit à petit avec les Bourgogne rouges 2008 et ce vin ne fait pas exception. J'ai beaucoup aimé. 91
I bought the 2008 rather than the 2009 after seeing comments on the 2009 being of quite a different style (high alcohol).
This has lovely delicacy, it fills out after a bit of breathing, it's suitably complex already, and with considerable charm. I'd prefer a touch more concentration but no more alcohol or ripeness - in a six year old premier cru that would just swamp any complexity. Drink over the next 5 years or so.
Initial pungent, crush red ants aromas. Some wet earth, but not as strong as some of the other Nuit St Georges I've tried. Black fruits, olives, some tar and rubber characteristics. Restrained and subtle flavors. On the palate, silky, red cherries, sweet grapefruit and pomegranate flavors. diaphanous layers of fruit and aromas. Good structure, nice acidity. A feminine wine. Drinking relatively well.
Flott vin. Beskjeden nese med røde bær, og litt møkkakjeller. Nydelige bringebær, markjordbær. Flott rød frukt. Fin syre og mineralitet. Grei lengde. Smal og lean, ikke feit. Mulig denne har ligget litt varmt, men åpen og fin vin.
After 3-4 hours in the bottle, the 2008 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale is bright medium ruby in colour boasting a bouquet of fresh red currants, red berries with slight earth and fresh herbs. Juicy brilliant entry with fresh berries of pleasant fruit purity. Pretty structured with some tough acidity that might come in the way of its fruit flavours.
Another couple of hours the wine shuts down, with fruit flavours shyly hiding away, and acidity (alongside some alcohol) steps up its game. It's a strange point to have this wine at that given moment.
Nonetheless, after leaving it in the bottle for a total of 28 hours (with cork on), the wine begins flamboyantly showing itself with a beautifully attractive bouquet of expressive layered notes, an intertwine of fruit, earth, and even a hint of slightly floral notes. The palate definitely displayed a lot more balance and elegance with a persistent finish. Good NSG structure, but not too harsh. Will drink it anytime. Lots of potential here with this, definitely well-made.
Bright, translucent ruby. Really elegant and bright NSG with pretty aromas of red cherry and spice. Stony minerality on the palate and finish. Could use some more time for the tannin and acidity to settle down.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Dull ruby, see through; floral, dark sour cherry, ripe, earth, fruit forward still; good and rich, tails off just a bit; very impressive nose but the palate is not as good; give this bottle a few more years.
Lots of spicy berries, some mushroom, and floral notes. Really lovely palate...sweet red fruits, with nice underbrush and earthy notes. Still has noticeable sweet oak notes, but I didn't find them distracting.
Beautiful ruby with pinkish rim; floral, pretty red fruit, strawberry, but then there was some youthful notes of blue and purple berries; round on the entry with a firm snap of fruit and acidity on the finish, soft fruit in the mid and violets echo on the finish; very 2008 and a little boring at first with no NSG character; gave the remainder of the bottle an hour of air and the wine came alive, the midpalate filled out and the wine gained richness and power, red currants, more tannin, and more recognizable NSG nuances.
France 2013 - Côte d'Or; 4/24/2013-4/26/2013 (Beaune): Tasted at the Domaine. Nice nose showing a hint of development. Great structure and acidity. There’s enough material and fruit to balance the acidity and the fine yet firm tannins. Finishes with tremendous energy and cut. Excellent. 91+
I haven't had much burgundy, but this was quite impressive, if young. Popped and poured and followed over 3-4hrs. Was rather acidic and shrill upon opening, but soften and before more expressive after a couple hours. Nose of licorice, cherry, and a touch of cinnamon. Fresh, tart/acidic cherry upfront on the palate. Has a nice cohesiveness on the backend, with some stone coming through with the bright fruit. The acidity is quite forward, but the fruit pure and expressive. Could use a few years in the cellar for sure. 91-92 After a couple days of air the structure softened and there was a delightful floral nose. Great stuff, needs time. 92-93
Un très beau nez assez fin sur les fraises et les épices. En bouche, tout en finesse et raffiné. Des petits fruits rouges avec un peu de poivre. Tannins soyeux et finale assez longue. Un très beau vin gourmand et digeste, rien n'accroche!
This was surprisingly accessible despite its youth. The concentrated nose starts out with distinct leather aromas, with secondary scents of cinnamon spice and stewed tomatoes emerging with a bit of aeration. Expecting this to be mouth-puckeringly tannic due to its young age (and lack of decanting), I was surprised when the mouthfeel ended up being more mature, a languid and smooth mixture of the aforementioned flavors. Fun to drink now, but the lack of pronounced structural elements just four years in does not bode well for long-term aging.
Consumed at a restaurant in Beaune. Deep luminous ruby, what a gorgeous colour - lovely density to the rim. It is astonishing to me that this is already approachable but the dark ripe fruits on the nose are rounded and silky and on the palate the fruit is already open and expressive. Wonderful and a huge treat. Has the balance to mature a long time if you prefer to hold it.
Light color. Bright red cherry aromas with some raspberry and floral undertones. Similar on palate accompanied by some fresh herbs. More concentrated in middle and end vs. start. After a couple of hours the cherry flavors starting coming across as slightly tart. Just entering its peak drinking window, this should evolve and drink very nicely to at least 2025.
(at Victorian – Dusseldorf) Both exciting and disappointing at the same time. The medium color is followed by a super nose of red Pinot fruit, gingerbread and white pepper. Truly complex and exciting. The palate, on the other hand, is a bit blah. Both soapy and with hints of dolce de leche. Needs time obviously and hopefully it will bloom. Just seems a bit thin right now. (89+?)
Domaine Tasting at J.F. Mugnier (Burgundy, France): From bottle at the Domaine. Very pretty aromatics of red and blue fruit intermixed with crushed rocks, spice and red floral. Great mix of fruit and mineral on the palate with cleansing acidity on the medium finish. Very fresh, pure fruit aromas and flavors. A very elegant NSG.
From magnum. A little green -- surprisingly. Nose is sweet and green/herbal. Palate is soft, round, tart cranberry, wood. Needs to integrate. Reminds me of 2004 Bertheau Chambolle. Definitely more Chambolle than NSG in character. I will give my remaining mags a bunch more time in the cellar.
Knightsbridge Holiday Burgundy Sale (Northbrook, IL): A little bit sneaky in that it starts with lighter red cherry on the nose and first taste, then builds up density, power and starts showing some blacker fruit on middle and finish. Can still use a few more years in the cellar,I'd expect a peak drinking window starting 2014 or 2015.
Light purple-red color. Light-medium body. Fruit and some earthy tang on the nose. A bit thin at first, but after fifteen minutes in the glass it blossoms; rich cascades of red fruit, stoniness, spice, and flowers tantalize the mouth. It is complex, but so well put together it is like a symphony orchestra: everything is in harmony. Magnificent. Age-worthy, but drinking splendidly right now.
Immediately after opening the wine was strangely unbalanced with too much acid and quite sharp tannins for the light/medium body. I liked the mineral and iron notes on the palate and the hint of sweetness in the fruit. Settled down on day two and paired with a beef stew was better, but still underwhelming. This might just be too young. At >60 usd there are more inspiring red burgundies out there.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Very impressive showing today. Nose of red and black fruit with lots of spice. Palate is also a nice combination of red and black cherry with some good power emerging on the finish. Much more harmonious and seamless than how it tasted last fall (albeit opened just days after arriving).
Poured into a decanter from magnum, then served. Gorgeous purity on the nose, almost Chambollish, but the fruit was definitely a tad rougher and less feminine on the palate, but I'm really being picky. Despite that, it was somewhat light, with beautiful floral aspects intertwined with light, crisp red berry fruits, some leather and a mouth-wateringly crisp, long finish. Talk about weightless weight, this had it in spades, but with the structure to last for the ages. Really lovely.
France 2011 - Côte d'Or; 7/8/2011-7/13/2011 (Beaune): Tasted at the Domaine. This offers a more classic nose of red pinot fruit, floral and red currants. In the mouth it’s focused and lean with mouth-watering acidity and tight firm tannins. This has great tension and vibrancy with a long fresh finish. I really like this wine and to me shows the greatness of the 2008 vintage. This is great to taste now but undoubtedly will be better in 5-10+ years. Excellent. 91+
From a bottle opened a day in advance. Very pretty, full of bright plum and black cherry fruit tinged with floral and mineral notes, but very light on its feet with a spine of bright acidity and grainy tannins and lovely to drink. I need to find some of this.
This was on the shelf at the bar last night so decided to fire it open and pour it around. I know it is way early but the Clos de Fourches a month or so back was so utterly delicious that I thought it would be interesting to see where this one was at currently. Of the 5 bottlings of the Mugnier Marechale this one (oddly I think) must reminded me of full-fledged Nuits. Certainly it has been brought up on this board that people have seen Mugnier style have the upperhand versus the nature of the vineyard (at least in comparison to the Favieley bottlings of Marechale.) This was dark in color, actually quite dark in color, and had a forceful dark-fruited nose replete with earth, iron, pumpernickel crust and black peppercorn. The palate is really wound up but it definitely runs much, much darker in the fruit profile than I have experienced from his other bottlings of Marachale. Acidity is bracing at this point and the tannins are substantial. In short it was somewhat hard to get a clear picture of this wine right now but I think it is going to be very, very good and show the denser, darker, powerful side of Nuits. This all being said if you got comfortable with the $60ish price tag for this wine prepare to gird your loins.
This was an impressive showing for this at such an early stage. Really identifiable Nuits-St-Georges character right off the bat with some dark earthiness, mineral, and black cherry, and a mix of clove and cinnamon. Palate is initially smooth and rounded with strong replays of the mineral, black cherry and spice (almost exotic and incense-like). The lengthy finish shows a medium impression of tannin and clean, vibrant acidity, but overall this comes across as rich and supple. Should be a good candidate for moderate ageing.
Popped and poured. This has that magical signature elegance and purity of Mugnier. Out of the gates this showed bracing, brambly acidity, a tight palate and a pretty floral nose. Over the evening the emerging red fruit started to catch up with the out front tanins & acidity. This is a beautiful Burg in the making but certianily wiill be much more pleasurable with at least 3-5 yrs of btl age. Not as immediately accessible as the village Chambolle but more upside makes this worth ride.
Domaine Tasting at J.F. Mugnier (Burgundy, France): From bottle at the Domaine. Bright red and blue fruits with bits of earth and crushed rocks. Seductive. Same berry fruit and earth on the medium bodied palate. Beautiful texture and refreshing acidity on the moderate finish. Really nice wine and I look forward to following it.
Initially closed with some spicy oak notes. Much more expressive on day 2 when it had a very nice relatively airy nose of red and darker fruits together with earthy notes and a hint of licorice. Taste follows the nose and the mouthfeel is very elegant and refined for a Nuits-St-Georges. The left-overs on day 3 were still delicious, although somewhat tired. An impressive young wine.
This is a tight ball of red fruit and mineral energy. The ‘Clos des Fourches’ was a lot better drink last week at this early stage and if you like young Burgs save your dough and drink the Fourches now. However there’s latent power and good underlying structure. It has a lovely white flower note that shows up after sucking in some air and the tannins are prominent and chewy. It has the finesse of the Domaine but muscle of the vineyard and should be something special in 10+ years.
Pop and pour. First glass was very tight - after time in a decanter the nose opened up to show some spice tones, cranberry and some slight leather. The palate was lovely with lithe floral tones woven together seamlessly with cranberry and some underbrush. I enjoyed this very much but strongly recommend a decant of a couple hours if you're conusming it soon.
I don't know about this. It certainly has that crystalline red fruit and minerality. But IMO, this tastes like Chambolle, not Nuits, and nothing like the gnarly Marechale that I once tasted from Faiveley. And the fruit is sort of bubblegumed - not quite candied, but strangely fake tasting. I should like it - it hits all my usual sweet spots, but I'm underwhelmed.
Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Burgund, Frankrike Kroner 598,- Bestilling 93 Poeng Red & White Som Fourches, bare mye dypere, mer konsentrert og med en fin ettersmak. Nå begynner Mugnier virkelig å få fart på denne vinen etter at han fikk den tilbake etter mange års utleie. Dyp, flott vin med innslag av mørke moreller, hagebringebær og urter. Stram, flott vin med god frukt. Bør lagres. Passer til: Vilt 2014-2020 TM
Piedmonte (mostly Barolo) (Michael's): nose: smoky, spicy, warm strawberry palate: perfect presence and balance, super soft mouthfeel...I would almost use the term "ethereal" if it didn't seem so ridiculous. The tannin is finely integrated, without crazy acid of a young burg. Quite lovely long finish of pomegranate and rhubarb and all those alter-red-fruits. Very, very nice wine.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Blind tasting. Not difficult to guess this wine since the 2008 Mugnier just arrived in Chicago and several attendees were eager to try. When very young, Mugnier Marechale typically comes across as showing the producer's Chambolle style on the nose with the terroir's bigger/blacker fruit coming through on the palate. This bottle was exactly the same. In prior vintages I've found that in 6-12 months the wine harmonizes better, and look forward to seeing where this wine is next summer. Not quite at the same level as when tasted at the Domaine in April. No surprise, since it literally just arrived in Chicago days ago.
J-F Mugnier Cellar Visit and Tasting (Chambolle-Musigny): Tasting at Domaine. Big fruit with lots of good spice from the first whiff. Dense and powerful with really good textures. This will drink well probably starting as early as 2012 and last a good decade. The best Mugnier Clos de la Marechale yet, but I have to think the 2009 tasted just earlier will probably eclipse this wonderful 2008.