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N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
5/25/2021 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
96 points
{Bought on release, last of a case and a half; tasted with monthly tasting group} V551 on cork, likely release 2005 with base 1999 or 2000 (Based on RolfT's prior note); stored in same spot x 16 years. Refreshing, elegant, yet tons of depth and length; marzipan notes. Wonderful showing, astoundingly fresh.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    5/25/21, 11:04 AM - Hi jviz - I actually bought 12 halves, 6 bottles, and 3 mags, and this was my last bottle. My experience was they improved; my tasting group was bowled over by the wine last night. Wish I had bought more as they were excellent to start and sublime recently.

    Storage was in a single cellar originally passive with hyper-insulated walls (R-40) but then recently with temperature control as our summers have gotten warmer.

Red
2006 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles Pinot Noir
10/3/2020 - Musigny1955 wrote:
90 points
{Purchased on release, perfect fill; PopNPour consumed over 5 hours} Reticent aromatics to start, and both depth of palate and finish were a bit constrained, yet satisfying. Red crisp fruit on palate, not quite cranberries and some strawberries; no black fruits in this wine. Nose did not develop very much and I found myself glad the wine had the benefit of the Les Cailles vineyard exposition in a so-so year for NSG. Both the Chevillon Vaucrains and Les St Georges are a bit better in 2006. No rush to drink but do not expect any upside at this juncture.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    10/4/20, 10:55 AM - I've often been pleased with 06 NSG but not this bottle ... the other Chevillon top sites (Vaucrains, Les St Georges) have in my experience transcended the year.

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles-St.-Jacques Pinot Noir
Ruby in the glass. Sour cherry and earth. Beautiful tart dark berries and mineral. Already intoxicating but young and tight with good stuffing for 5 or 10 years from now.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    9/12/20, 7:17 PM - Dear Mistress,

    Just snagged a bottle from storage to try later this month. Will post. Have thought Estournelles a meritorious wine in many vintages... Hope to see you at Troquet in near future.

  • Musigny1955 commented:

    9/12/20, 7:17 PM - Dear Mistress,

    Just snagged a bottle from storage to try later this month. Will post. Have thought Estournelles a meritorious wine in many vintages... Hope to see you at Troquet in near future.

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2020 - Musigny1955 wrote:
89 points
{Purchased on release, professional storage, perfect fill} Nice color saturation, no orange, pronounced currants, menthol and some green pepper elements to nose and palate, as well as some brambly fruit. Refined tannins. Ok length but not better. This bottle is very similar to one ~ 2 years ago and am disappointed that a 2000 after 20 years is this pedestrian. I think the 2003 and 2005 are better and Sociando-Mallet can do better than this. This much green pepper (yuck for me, never attractive), and lack of attractive aromatics or length, really detract from the wine.

There is nothing, zippo, sexy about this wine, it is an intellectual but not emotional experience to taste it. Notes from Derek Darth Taster and Fruitsrouges are spot on. Having said that the wine does not fall apart, it has reasonable fruit-tannins balance, and it is not unbalanced when it comes to 'size' of fruit and alcohol levels. Still, am putting it aside and rummaging through cellar for a likely simpler, but more attractive, Bourgogne tonight.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    2/9/20, 2:31 PM - John, thanks for your note. I think the wine is competently made and will live; it's the kind of wine I would pour with a steak and a long movie to watch.... but not pour for my tasting group. It's not actively bad, just ... well, I only get to consume so many alcohol molecules, I would rather they be more fun! .... and like you imply, I think the 86 and many other vintages of SM are superior. Just a year they did not do very well.

  • Musigny1955 commented:

    2/9/20, 3:06 PM - Must agree with you, alas. I think the green pepper is baked in.

Red
2005 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/8/2018 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
94 points
OK, hope this scares you off trying this soon unless you have a lot. {Purchased on release, perfect fills, 1 of 6 bottles corked, served from Confrerie cellar for Confrerie event, notes all from sound bottle}. (Last bottle opened April '16 took 3 hours to open, so should have decanted in morning for evening tasting). Initial nose and palate were gorgeous, this is a regal wine. Glimpses of ripe seductive fruit and beautiful aromatics behind a wall of austerity and excellent (but big) tannins. Very Pinote, subtle iron soil elements, huge mid-palate, but wow it's criminal to open this now. Very tight, and got even tighter after being open over 90 minutes!. There were a lot of surprised experienced Chevaliers in the room who are used to red Corton (which takes time) not being more forward at 12 years. Shockingly unready and shockingly good. In the long run will likely equal the 2005 Jadot Bonnes Mares (96) we tasted at the same event, .... but not any time soon. Wow.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    4/1/19, 4:30 AM - I would open a bottle between 9 am and noon, leave it uncorked, and then try it a couple of times over the afternoon. If it needs more air you can fully decant it. Enjoy and post how your bottle tasted!

Red
2012 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Pinot Noir
1/29/2017 - grantsky wrote:
89 points
Medium intensity on the nose; Mixed berry fruit, initial sour cherry transitioning to raspberry preserve, blackberry and dried plum. Intense floral notes of rose and violet, slight sauvage, with a nice sense of freshness and minerality.

Taut, compact but what seems to be a hiding, but generous mid palate. Similar fruits as the nose but higher toned than the palate would indicate, good nerve, loads of minerality on the palate, linear. Short finish.

From what i understand this is very long-lived wine. The wine does have good structure with the acidity maybe lacking a little on this vintage for 15+ years, but that would be consistent with the vintage
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    9/9/17, 8:44 PM - Your note is spot - on for this wine. Thanks so much! Best wishes Musigny1955.

Red
1996 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Pinot Noir
8/19/2017 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
91 points
{cellared since release, perfect fill, decanted and tried - drunk with Mark K, Barb S and Jane L} Still red wine, no brown rim; very Ursules scent of mature fruit, animale, minerals and smoke; excellent depth of fruit on attack, and in long persistent finish; curiously less full (only medium weight) in middle palate, where the '96 austerity can still be perceived, a very dry wine in the middle but black > red fruits throughout. Did I mention the lovely nose and killer finish? To repeat Josgood, "depth and breadth" in this wine. Savage acid and austerity of this '96 seem to have turned the corner. Drink or hold, probably at least another 5 years. My score may be conservative.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    8/20/17, 10:51 AM - Hi JohnTelford, the 96 Ursules was decanted and we tried a small glass immediately afterwards. I think the wine was improved by the airing but there was no remarkable change in the wine over the first 15-30 minutes. I have another 3-4 bottles and will decant and taste just as this one was. Best wishes Musigny1955

Red
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
1/29/2017 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
95 points
{purchased on release, perfect storage, opened/decanted/drunk at Troquet} Beguiling mature nose, mostly dark fruits and great elegance and balance, lovely lengthy finish. Has been drinking in my experience at peak for perhaps 5-7 years, no improvement since last bottle about a year ago. A reference point wine.
  • Musigny1955 commented:

    4/5/17, 4:49 PM - MMM, well, yes... {unless there was a '55 Musigny that rolled my socks up and down... but honestly have never had a '55 Burg}. Nice notes you have on West Coast wines and Champagnes! The '77 Ridge on New Year's Day! Impressive! (Last '77 I had was a Chateau Musar, great bottle but not a wine to hold...) Best wishes Musigny1955

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