Way-back-when (actually about 8 years ago), out of half a dozen decent 99 Chambolles this was the one that had that extra dimension. I put plenty of halves in the cellar to keep me away from the bigger bottles, but also to for keeping an eye on the vintage; I have to say that this half-bottle isn’t representative of the vintage, and hopefully not the rest of these bottles, I suppose I might have to try another in the near future…
1999 J-F Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny
Medium colour. The nose seems a tad volatile though below it could be described as quite pretty as its red fruit base slowly evolves. Nicely balanced, with very good acidity. Elegant rather than slight – though not a million miles from the latter – that would be forgiven if it had a beguiling touch too – today it doesn’t. Hopefully a phase, but in a half bottle this is quite ‘ready’ if far from engrossing. Less good than 18 months ago, that volatile hint being an exceptional bottle I hope…
Rebuy – Maybe
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Could it be that as one might expect the quicker evolution typical of the format has disadvantaged Mugnier in the same way as it has assisted Grivot?
Two very different styles for sure Tom – and that’s before the vintage difference – so I’m open to that possibility. While I’m on the half-bottle ‘theme’ I might just pull out another 96 today as I don’t have a big selection of 99s in that format – not ones I want to open anyway 😉