Thursday, April 10, 2008

THIS JUST IN: Freddie Mugnier makes good wine

A friend had me over for dinner. We grabbed some takeout and he opened the following. Very cool and generous dude.

1997 Mugnier Musigny

Pretty rose color. Lots of strawberries, which is unusual for Musigny, but is most likely a factor of the vintage since it is almost compote-like. Really a moving target and shifted around with each glass and while in the glass. Would have probably been better to put it aside and drink something else, but we kept going back and trying to figure it out. Missing the seamlessness and depth of a better vintage and although some folks had success in 1997, I don’t believe it is a good type of vintage for vingerons in the Mugnier, Barthod, Bachelet mode.

2005 Mugnier Nuits Clos de la Marèchale

From 375mL. Beautiful ruby color. Radiantly complex and shimmering in the glass. So delicious now, I could put it on tap at my house and drink it every night. This is exactly what you would expect Nuits to taste like if Freddie Mugnier made it. It has a lovely woodsy-forrest element to it, brambly fruit that has real sappy, driving intensity. Really great wine and I am a buyer if the price is reasonable.

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