2005 Domaine Jacques-FrÃ©dÃ©ric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de Marechale
(92 Points) In contrast to the expressiveness of the first two '05s, here there is a completely different aromatic profile and one that is brooding with more deeply pitched and quite ripe blue and violet aromas combining with pungent earth and game hints that continue onto the sweet, rich and sappy flavors wrapped around a firm tannic spine. This is impressive as it is clearly Nuits in character yet with refined and sophisticated structural elements. Also recommended. Burghound Issue 29, Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Drink: 2015
Burghound Producer note: FrÃ©dÃ©ric Mugnier, who now has his new cuvÃ©rie up and running, told me that 2005 was blessed with a "great growing season. It was very regular and consistent with no excesses. We began picking on September 18th and except for 2003, the 18th is the earliest date that we have ever picked and coincidentally, we also began picking on the 18th in 2006. It's interesting to consider that what was once the record for the earliest harvest dates are fast becoming the norm. Where this will take us going forward is anyone's guess but it's something that concerns me greatly. The crop was extremely clean and there was very little sorting required. Sugars were strong at between 12.5 and 13.8% and there was no chaptalization with good if not high yields coming in a range of 35 to 40 hl/ha. For me 2005 offers the aromas of a fresh vintage but the richness and maturity of a ripe one." Mugnier has consistently said that the biggest benefit from adding the huge 9.5 ha vineyard of Clos de la MarÃ©chale is that is enabled him to add additional vineyard personnel. As he explained it to me he had "1 vineyard worker for 4 ha and now I have 9 for 14 ha, 6 of which are permanent. Thus, when something has to be done immediately, I have people available to address the problem whereas before, there were sometimes scheduling delays." The benefit of this attention to detail cannot be overestimated as the increase in quality, which was already exceptionally high, has been immediately obvious. Indeed, as good as the Mugnier '04s are, the '05s have ascended to a new level of quality even while adjusting for the superior quality of 2005 versus 2004. Indeed, both the Musigny and Amoureuses are flat out incredible and the '05 Bonnes Mares is potentially the best vintage I have ever seen for this wine. Note that there is also a Nuits villages made from young vines Clos de la MarÃ©chale called Clos des Fourches that was produced in 2004 but Mugnier found the quality so high in 2005 that he put all of the production into the Clos de la MarÃ©chale. Mugnier was careful to note however that this is his view at present and it's possible that he may declassify a portion of Clos de la MarÃ©chale as he did in 2004. Lastly, the Nuits white that Mugnier will make going forward was so reduced that he was reluctant to present it. (A Becky Wasserman/Le Serbet Selection - firstname.lastname@example.org; Martin-Scott Wines, Lake Success, NY; Vinalia, Los Angeles, CA; Morris
List Price: $96.25
Customers who bought this also bought:
- 2003 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - Thick black cherry wild strawberry fruit very ripe and seductive aromas flowers and porcini and fresh earth. Very fresh and bri...
- 2003 Mommessin Clos De Tart Grand Cru - (95 Points) Aromas of tar and smoke, with very pure, concentrated blackberry and spice notes underneath mark this exotic, seduc...
- 2005 Vincent Girardin Chambertin Clos De Beze Grand Cru - (92-95 Points) "(five of the eight barrels come from very old vines planted next to Mazis-Chambertin) Moderately saturated red-rub...
- 2005 Guyon Chambolle Musigny - (88-91 Points) This is very ripe, indeed the nose is the essence of liqueur of red pinot fruit that introduces equally ripe, ri...
Your shopping cart is empty!
Wine Watch Events
Vintage 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tasting Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach
Thu, Jul 2, 2015
“The funny thing is, wine is turning out to be a great investment. I couldn’t believe what happened with the va...
Fontodi Tasting Flaccianello VS Chianti Classico Vigna Del Sorbo at Wine Watch
Wed, Jul 8, 2015
Fontodi Tasting Featuring Flaccianello versus Vigna del Sorbo Wednesday, July 8th 7pm 1995 Fontodi Flaccia...
Cafe Maxx Cooking Class Grilling Meats
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
Join Oliver and company for their 25th season of cooking classes. Chef Oliver’s innovative and inspirational st...
Pelissero Winery Piedmont Wine tasting at Wine Watch
Fri, Jul 10, 2015
2009 Pelissero Barbera D'alba Tulin Price: $33.00 Quantity in Stock: 3 (89 Points) A new addition to ...
Austria and German wine tasting at Cafe Maxx
Wed, Jul 15, 2015
I don't need an app that tells me how many calories that I have burned. I need an app that tells me how many wine glass...
Miami Taste of the Nation at the Lowes Hotel
Thu, Jul 16, 2015
2015 Miami Taste of the Nation · Introduction : · Hunger issue: No Kid Hungry ...
Bouchard Pere Et Fils 2013 and 2012 Burgundy Tasting at Wine Watch
Thu, Jul 16, 2015
Stay Tuned for more info on this event.
Penfolds Tasting at Wine Watch with D-Lynn featuring the 2010 release of Grange
Fri, Jul 17, 2015
"You have only so many bottles in your life, never drink a bad one." Len Evans One of the reasons that I ge...
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Dinner or Reception/Tasting at Lobster Bar on Las Olas
Wed, Jul 22, 2015
Veuve Clicquot Dinner ~or ~ Champagne Reception FEATURING CHAMPAGNE SPECIALIST TARA O'LEARY At Lobster ...
South American Wine Tasting at Cafe Maxx
Wed, Jul 29, 2015
stay tunes for more info on this event