Some Musignys with Friends

Chicago IL

Tasted September 9, 2009 by MatthewF with 580 views

Introduction

Six of us decided to get together and enjoy a great evening on a rooftop deck in Lincoln Park. Fifteen pounds of lobsters caught in Maine the morning before, A dozen grilled quail, and numerous pounds of beef and pork from Flannery's.

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White
2004 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Light straw color. Lemon custard aromatics with a lot of wet stone/mineral and some white/yellow flowers. Very round lemon citrus driven palate with a mineral backbone and great acid on the finish. Beautiful.
Red
2006 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Deep maroon color. More opulent aromatics than the Georges Jayer Echezeaux served alongside. Ripe dark berry and a bit of underbrush all framed by rich wood spice. Great mouthfeel; ripe fruit, mineral core, great acidity; an all around fantastic showing with a lengthy finish.
Red
2006 George Jayer Echezeaux Élevé et vinifié par E. Rouget France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Consistent notes with the bottle had 4 days ago, except tonight I prefered the regular Rouget bottling to the Georges Jayer. Bright cherry and raspberry, feminine spice, refreshing acidity. Either way you go, both are beautiful wines; it just depends if you want more oak influence or not.
Red
1978 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
Very much sous bois on the nose with dark red fruits and a bit of spice. Slighty lean palate at first with the mineral notes in the forefront, but after a short while the powerful dark red fruit started to emerge and take over the palate. Great acid structure. After 45 minutes or so, it turned into a quite beautiful wine all around. Delicious.
Red
1995 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Dried cherry and raspberry on the nose with a bit of underbrush and mineral. Somewhat tart cherries and berry on the palate with lots of acidity and very hard tannins on the short finish. Would of probably been a nice bottle to drink on its own, but was easily overshadowed in this night of Musignys.
Red
1996 Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Primarily black fruit on the nose with some very dark baking spices and with a bit of coaxing some violet flower notes. Very acidic on the palate with tart black cherry. A bit of dark spice on the backend, but overall not very pleasing tonight.
Red
1995 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Very light color here with red fruit, rose petal, and clove aromatics. Hard palate, very lean with lots of mineral and not so much fruit tonight. A tannic finish. Have had better bottles of this within the past year. OK tonight, but not where it should have been.
Red
1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Much better than the '95 it was served alongside, but still not mindblowing tonight. Delicate dark red fruits, violets, and spice on the nose with good fruit on the palate and lots of minerality. Nice acidity on the finish.
Red
2001 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Wow from the start. After a few somewhat disappointing Musignys, this was a breath of fresh air. Super seductive nose of sappy dark cherry and berry with immense notes of clove and cinnamon. Great texture on the palate, outstanding purity of fruit and mineral/acid balance. Absolutely Outstanding. Easily the wine of the night.
Red
1999 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Very seductive. Still very primary on the nose with ripe blue and black fruits, intense fragrant flowers, and spice. Fantastic texture on the palate with so much complexity and depth. Wonderful balance of fruit, mineral, and acid. The finish goes on and on. Absolutely delicious.
Red
2003 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
At first it seemed a bit overripe next to the '99, but after a short while, the more subtle aromatics started coming through. Tons of nutmeg with ripe red fruits, cherry cola, and violets. Rich fruit on the palate with a good dose of wet rock and refreshing acidity on the finish. Wonderful. As the night progressed I kept topping up with this one and the '99.
Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Beautiful red plum and berry on the nose with bits of cocoa, espresso, and some wet leaves. Soft as velvet on the palate with ripe fruits, earth, and a touch of leather. Great finish. Showing very well tonight.
Red
1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Popped and poured. From the start an immense nose of manure, dark spice, black plum and berries, and leather. After a short time the manure started blowing off and becoming a bit more attractive gamey quality. Ripe dark fruit on the palate with fantastic minerality. Great acid on the very long finish. A nice way to end the Musigny-a-thon.
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