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jacques frédéric mugnier 99 chambolle-musigny

jacques frederic Mugnier chambolle musigny

A domaine that has become rather ‘over-hyped’ in the last couple of years, as a consequence availability is down and at the prices currently asked only the Nuits wines of the domaine continue to show value – perhaps that’s simply a function of the fact that they are the only ones that seem to be in free supply! Five or six years ago when the wines were well priced and not continuously on the lips of ‘opinion formers’, I bagged quite a few 98 and 99’s including a case of this wine in halves – it’s been a while since I opened one, so I’m interested to see how it’s getting along.
1999 J-F Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny try to find this wine...
From a half bottle. Medium ruby-red colour. The nose shows understated but heavily perfumed notes of dark flowers over tight red fruit notes. In the mouth it’s fresh and shows almost no tannin. Initially linear, it slowly unwinds in the mouth with decent intensity and a slowly growing width of flavours – it seems just a little fatter as it reaches room temperature and there’s quite a nice high toned ‘mouth perfume’. The flavours in the almost good finish are becoming just a little secondary. Clearly it’s a little tight showing not even close to the extra depth of flavour you currently find in a good 2005 villages Chambolle or even what it showed itself 5 or 6 years ago. Clean, pretty, slightly acid forward and easy drinking is the report today – not too much here to set the pulse racing. Return in another two or three years…
Rebuy – Maybe

10 responses to “jacques frédéric mugnier 99 chambolle-musigny”

  1. Philip

    Bill, is your “over-hyped” comment based on tasting recent vintages? I’ve followed this domaine since buying a case of Chambolle-Musigny 1987 (all drunk up long ago). Most of my purchases have been closer to the top of the range than the bottom, and all have taken a very long time to come round – well over ten years. A bottle of the ’93 Musigny in 2003 was so dissappointing I came close to selling the rest of the case, but I opened another at Xmas 2007, and two more since, and they’ve been some of the best burgundies I’ve ever drunk. I think you need to wait.
    And in London at least, the prices aren’t particularly steep. The Vogue Chambolle 1er Cru 2005 (i.e. the cheaper of the premiers Vogue offers) was offered, I think, at around £650 per case of six. The Mugnier Les Amoureuses (more expensive than his Fuees)was £495.
    Anyway, speaking of overpriced, I note you bought some DRC that year….

  2. Tom Blach

    I look forward to this-it wasn’t that long ago that I bought a few cases of this at a price that today seems laughable. Your note seems very typical of current 99 notes, and I think this current showing is confusing a lot of people. Mine will stay in storage for a good few years yet. Re the hype, I don’t think it’s ever worth paying hyped prices when there are so many other things to buy.

  3. Philip

    @billn – Thank you. I don’t get to taste out of barrel, but generally agree, based on limited experience. As to hype, Tom makes a fair point, and I certainly accept that there’s very worthwhile wine from less well known domaines. I blame merchants with a clientele among highly paid City of London types – have you noticed how hedge funds put on wine tastings instead of shooting events. I think the economic situation will put a stop to that.
    And if you can put a stop to the female zebedee picture which appears whenever I post…

  4. BruceMcQ

    Mugnier has clearly been hyped, blowing the prices much too far out, stateside at least (One retailer is offering them @ $110). They have been, for me, a quickly receding belle.

    That said, they have been a favorite producer of mine and I carefully covet the last few ’96, ’97 and ’99s I’ve managed to keep. The Fuees in particular have been celestial. (OK, the ’97s are weaker…).

    But the worst thing is I’m leery of extrapolating even your experience to my bottles given the potential storage difference.

  5. BruceMcQ

    When a villages is over $100, I check my cheques, though I whine like a banshee.

    Fortunately, I’ve found some delicious 05 JP Magnien CSD in an acceptable price range and some older (95) Laurent C-M Charmes. So I dry my tears.

    We saw the US housing crunch coming 3 years ago and sold our dream house that had a huge basement. We moved to a much smaller, energy efficient passive solar house.

    As such I had to build a cold room in the garage which oscillates between 40F (5C) and 68F (20C), chilled by a small interior air conditioner. It works, but I’m careful to keep all wines in styrofoam and the best right on 6 inch slab concrete floor, including the few Mugniers left.

  6. Sunit Chakraborty

    Hello guys,

    i read something about the 1993 Musigny of Mugnier in the replies. Does anybody have some tasting notes for this wine ? Thank you.

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