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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

3 Bottle 75cl £550
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    1995
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml

    Tasting note: This remains quite primary with high-pitched dark fruit aromas and flavors that display excellent complexity and near perfect balance. While not especially powerful, it offers solid concentration and fine length. One of the better de Vogüé Amoureuses in recent years and shows particularly good balance and a fine sense of "pinot noirness".
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1999 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru

1 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2015

    Source

    218, The Wine Advocate

    The Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 1999 is deep in color. It has a lovely savory bouquet with hints of Italian cured meats and bacon fat intermingling with briary scents, all with really impressive intensity. The palate is full-bodied and well balanced. There is clearly a bit of sinew here. Truffle and sappy black fruit form the second half with a saline note urging another sip toward the finish. This punches above my expectations, though I would be tempted to keep bottles down in the bunker for another three or four years. Like many 1999s, this is in for the long haul.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2009 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 75cl £3,825
  • The 2009 Musigny Vieilles Vignes fleshes out beautifully with endless layers of fruit that caress the palate in stunning style. Sweet floral notes meld into expressive dark red fruit in this mysterious, evocative Burgundy. There is a weightless intensity to the Musigny that is achingly gorgeous. Waves of flavor continue to build towards the sexy, racy finish as the 2009 shows off its pedigree. The 2009 will always be an exuberant Musigny, but time in bottle will help shed some of the baby fat. This is likely to be a great, great wine for several decades. 

    -- Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2010 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 12 75cl £4,350
  • **Note: from a 2.7 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard** Not unexpectedly here the brooding and somber nose is completely different with a much greater emphasis on earth and smoked tea nuances on the darker hued fruit that includes cassis and black raspberry. The rich, powerful and impressively concentrated large-scaled flavors exhibit a sleek muscularity on the pure, balanced and gorgeously long finish. Like most of these 2010s, there is a serenity present here that allows the wines to unfold elegantly and coherently. This is a compact and quite forceful wine yet it delivers that power with no sense of weight or heaviness.

    Score: 95

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2011 Musigny Vieilles Vignes -

1 Case 3 150cl £2,280
  • A remarkably attractively cool and restrained nose of various red berries, spice and a beautiful array of floral elements complements well the rich and equally cool mineral-tinged big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors. There is a really lovely sense of underlying tension on the clean and pure finish that delivers strikingly good length. This intensely mineral-driven effort is also clean and firm but with slightly better phenolic maturity to the supporting structural elements which should allow this beauty to age successfully for many years to come. Drink 2029+

    Score: 94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2013 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 3 75cl £875
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2013
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 57
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2013 vintage as one that had a "very difficult spring with an equally poor flowering that produced a lot of shatter and a high incidence of shot berries. Somewhat curiously we had a very solid July and August, which in the last few vintages has been rare, but despite the clement conditions the maturities didn't really progress much. By contrast September was pretty much lousy and in particular the second half of it. The wet and humid conditions were perfect to allow rot to spread and to spread fast and we were really worried that we could have a serious problem. We chose to begin picking on the 5th of October and picked slowly until the 13th. While the general level of quality was quite high we did have to do significant sorting and I would put our sorting losses at around 10%. Between these losses and the poor flowering we wound up with a bit less overall yield than we obtained in 2012. With respect to the vinifications the fruit had a very high solid to liquid ratio so we had to be careful not to over exact the structural elements because it would have been easy to do. As to the wines, I love them because the terroir almost couldn't be any clearer. They are refreshing, intense and balanced and I think they're going to surprise a lot of people in the sense that such a difficult vintage could produce such beautiful wines. Moreover I believe that they will continue to put on weight as they age because the musts were actually denser than the wines seem to be now so all of that dry extract has to show up sooner or later." The 2012s, revisited below, are simply terrific and were bottled between February and March 2014 and have turned out even slightly better than I originally foresaw. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, Boston MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is much more deeply pitched and even more reserved though aggressive swirling liberates a wonderfully complex array of plum and black raspberry liqueur-like aromas where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, pepper, dried flowers and a hint of underbrush. The dense, powerful and broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the vibrant finale as well as pushes the very firm core of tannins to the background. This is a big but beautifully well-balanced wine that should amply reward up to 20 years of cellaring.
     

     

    NMThis must be the first time that I have tasted the Bonnes-Mares from barrel and thought it could be mistaken for the Musigny! The 2013 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has an intense black pepper and blackberry bouquet, touches of mint and forest floor in the background, growing in intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile and quite obdurate tannin, the acidity finely tuned and cutting through the surfacing blueberry and blackberry fruit. There is plenty of spice furnishing the finish and lingering long after the wine has departed, completing a seriously fine Bonnes-Mares that is stylish and intellectual.

    Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2013 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 12 75cl £3,500
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2013
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 57
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2013 vintage as one that had a "very difficult spring with an equally poor flowering that produced a lot of shatter and a high incidence of shot berries. Somewhat curiously we had a very solid July and August, which in the last few vintages has been rare, but despite the clement conditions the maturities didn't really progress much. By contrast September was pretty much lousy and in particular the second half of it. The wet and humid conditions were perfect to allow rot to spread and to spread fast and we were really worried that we could have a serious problem. We chose to begin picking on the 5th of October and picked slowly until the 13th. While the general level of quality was quite high we did have to do significant sorting and I would put our sorting losses at around 10%. Between these losses and the poor flowering we wound up with a bit less overall yield than we obtained in 2012. With respect to the vinifications the fruit had a very high solid to liquid ratio so we had to be careful not to over exact the structural elements because it would have been easy to do. As to the wines, I love them because the terroir almost couldn't be any clearer. They are refreshing, intense and balanced and I think they're going to surprise a lot of people in the sense that such a difficult vintage could produce such beautiful wines. Moreover I believe that they will continue to put on weight as they age because the musts were actually denser than the wines seem to be now so all of that dry extract has to show up sooner or later." The 2012s, revisited below, are simply terrific and were bottled between February and March 2014 and have turned out even slightly better than I originally foresaw. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, Boston MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is much more deeply pitched and even more reserved though aggressive swirling liberates a wonderfully complex array of plum and black raspberry liqueur-like aromas where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, pepper, dried flowers and a hint of underbrush. The dense, powerful and broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the vibrant finale as well as pushes the very firm core of tannins to the background. This is a big but beautifully well-balanced wine that should amply reward up to 20 years of cellaring.
     

     

    NMThis must be the first time that I have tasted the Bonnes-Mares from barrel and thought it could be mistaken for the Musigny! The 2013 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has an intense black pepper and blackberry bouquet, touches of mint and forest floor in the background, growing in intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile and quite obdurate tannin, the acidity finely tuned and cutting through the surfacing blueberry and blackberry fruit. There is plenty of spice furnishing the finish and lingering long after the wine has departed, completing a seriously fine Bonnes-Mares that is stylish and intellectual.

    Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru

1 Case 6 75cl £1,040
  • Tasting note: The intensely floral-suffused nose reveals notes of lavender, rose petal and lilac along with plenty of spice elements on the mostly dark berry fruit aromas. There is notably more volume to the equally pure medium weight plus flavors that positively vibrate with energy and minerality before culminating in a harmonious and beautifully well-balanced finale. This marvelously complex effort really builds from the mid-palate as the finish is sneaky long.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 6 75cl £1,600
  • Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present with its much earthier array of notably fresh red berries and discreet sauvage aromas. There is excellent richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration that coats the mouth and helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the seamlessly proportioned finale. This very firmly structured effort is clearly going to require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru

1 Case 12 75cl £2,075
  • Tasting note: The intensely floral-suffused nose reveals notes of lavender, rose petal and lilac along with plenty of spice elements on the mostly dark berry fruit aromas. There is notably more volume to the equally pure medium weight plus flavors that positively vibrate with energy and minerality before culminating in a harmonious and beautifully well-balanced finale. This marvelously complex effort really builds from the mid-palate as the finish is sneaky long.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Bonnes Mares

3 Case 12 75cl £3,200
  • Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present with its much earthier array of notably fresh red berries and discreet sauvage aromas. There is excellent richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration that coats the mouth and helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the seamlessly proportioned finale. This very firmly structured effort is clearly going to require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

3 Case 12 75cl £5,150
  • Tasting note: While highly complex this is cool to the point of only grudgingly revealing a strikingly layered combination of violets, rose petals, sandalwood, anise, clove, plum and dark currant scents. This is a big and overtly muscular wine with broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors yet for all of the impressive size, weight and volume, the massively long finish is serene, even Zen-like. 2014 is a relatively seductive and forward vintage for this storied wine, and I appreciate that calling a wine "forward" when it will likely need 20 years to fully mature is a relative concept!

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Score: 97 Deep ruby color. A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose grudgingly reveals notes of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavors are blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This opulent yet very serious effort is also going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it finally emerges. I would add that I don't know if this will be potentially one of the all-time great vintages for the de Vogüé Musigny but my guess is that it will at least be in the conversation, which given the historical track record of this wine, is no small compliment.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 12 75cl £4,850
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2015
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2035+

    Tasting note: An extract of black cherry nose is interwoven with notes of earth, violet, spice and plum liqueur scents. The very dense and serious yet vibrant and relatively refined big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that serves to mostly buffer the powerful and very firm tannic spine on the once again naturally sweet, sappy and massively long finish. As is often the case with the de Vogüé Bonnes Mares, this is a 'buy and forget you own it' wine.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £8,950
  • Score: 97 Deep ruby color. A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose grudgingly reveals notes of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavors are blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This opulent yet very serious effort is also going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it finally emerges. I would add that I don't know if this will be potentially one of the all-time great vintages for the de Vogüé Musigny but my guess is that it will at least be in the conversation, which given the historical track record of this wine, is no small compliment.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: Deep ruby. Once again there is an exuberant freshness to the nose of plum, violet, peony, spice and earth aromas where a top note of kirsch is present. There is outstanding density and power to the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that deliver fine complexity on the caressing, sappy and harmonious finish. This too is lovely and should drink well a bit earlier than it normally does if that's your preference.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 150cl £725
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93

    Tasting note: A very ripe yet agreeably fresh nose reflects notes of blue berry, plum liqueur and violet that are cut with spice, menthol and earth hints. The exceptionally rich and impressively full-bodied flavors evidence a taut muscularity, all wrapped in an overtly powerful and lingering finish that is naturally sweet. As one would reasonably expect this is quite firm; indeed it's borderline rustic.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Chambolle Musigny

1 Case 3 75cl £350
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Chambolle-Musigny  ♥
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2027+

    Tasting note: An attractively fresh and ultra-pure nose features notes of the pure essence of black cherry, cassis, spice and whiffs of herbal tea and violet. The succulent and nicely rich medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the refined and refreshing if dusty and mildly edgy finish. My sense is that the edginess will dissipate once the tannins begin to mellow.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 3 75cl £925
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93

    Tasting note: A very ripe yet agreeably fresh nose reflects notes of blue berry, plum liqueur and violet that are cut with spice, menthol and earth hints. The exceptionally rich and impressively full-bodied flavors evidence a taut muscularity, all wrapped in an overtly powerful and lingering finish that is naturally sweet. As one would reasonably expect this is quite firm; indeed it's borderline rustic.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

3 Case 3 75cl £1,340
  • Note: from an incredible 6.46 ha parcel, which doesn't include the .67 ha section planted to chardonnay

    Tasting note: An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel along with plenty of floral elements. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In sum, this is relatively refined though still a very serious wine.
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Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Chambolle Musigny

4 Case 12 75cl £1,400
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Chambolle-Musigny  ♥
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2027+

    Tasting note: An attractively fresh and ultra-pure nose features notes of the pure essence of black cherry, cassis, spice and whiffs of herbal tea and violet. The succulent and nicely rich medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the refined and refreshing if dusty and mildly edgy finish. My sense is that the edginess will dissipate once the tannins begin to mellow.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

5 Case 12 75cl £5,375
  • Note: from an incredible 6.46 ha parcel, which doesn't include the .67 ha section planted to chardonnay

    Tasting note: An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel along with plenty of floral elements. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In sum, this is relatively refined though still a very serious wine.
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Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Blanc

1 Bottle 75cl £825
White Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Blanc

1 Bottle 75cl £780
  • Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2017 growing season as one "where we were seriously concerned about the possibility of another April frost damage nightmare. As it turned out the temperatures were low enough to cause injury to the new leaves but there wasn't the necessary humidity so we dodged a bullet. The rest of the season was relatively benign with a precocious flowering and warm if not scorching summer. As is often the case after a vintage where there is frost damage, the fruit set was abundant so we spent a lot of time controlling yields. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September under cool harvest conditions and brought in very clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields were in the 30 to 35 hl/ha range where the potential alcohols averaged right at 13% so I chaptalized nothing. There was quite a bit of juice yet with reasonable solid to liquid ratios so I did not do a saignée. In the same spirit, I also chose to do no punching down at all as the grapes gave up their colors and extract easily. As to the wines, they're marked by their freshness and energy plus they have excellent transparency. I would put 2017 in the category of sunny and warm vintages such as 2009, 2000 and 1997 but importantly, 2017 has more concentration than any of those." Readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. Millet noted that the Musigny Blanc is raised in 20% new wood from the Tronçais forest. There are two parcels in both Grands and Petits Musigny measuring .67 ha and the dates of plantation are 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood can be found on the overtly floral-infused aromas that display additional breadth in the form of Poire Williams (pear brandy), petrol and citrus zest. There is a touch of wood on the palate as well of the caressing large-scaled flavors that display an abundance of both dry extract and minerality on the impressively long and very dry finale that is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Blanc

1 Case 6 75cl £4,950
  • Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2017 growing season as one "where we were seriously concerned about the possibility of another April frost damage nightmare. As it turned out the temperatures were low enough to cause injury to the new leaves but there wasn't the necessary humidity so we dodged a bullet. The rest of the season was relatively benign with a precocious flowering and warm if not scorching summer. As is often the case after a vintage where there is frost damage, the fruit set was abundant so we spent a lot of time controlling yields. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September under cool harvest conditions and brought in very clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields were in the 30 to 35 hl/ha range where the potential alcohols averaged right at 13% so I chaptalized nothing. There was quite a bit of juice yet with reasonable solid to liquid ratios so I did not do a saignée. In the same spirit, I also chose to do no punching down at all as the grapes gave up their colors and extract easily. As to the wines, they're marked by their freshness and energy plus they have excellent transparency. I would put 2017 in the category of sunny and warm vintages such as 2009, 2000 and 1997 but importantly, 2017 has more concentration than any of those." Readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. Millet noted that the Musigny Blanc is raised in 20% new wood from the Tronçais forest. There are two parcels in both Grands and Petits Musigny measuring .67 ha and the dates of plantation are 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood can be found on the overtly floral-infused aromas that display additional breadth in the form of Poire Williams (pear brandy), petrol and citrus zest. There is a touch of wood on the palate as well of the caressing large-scaled flavors that display an abundance of both dry extract and minerality on the impressively long and very dry finale that is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Blanc

1 Case 12 75cl £9,900
  • Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2017 growing season as one "where we were seriously concerned about the possibility of another April frost damage nightmare. As it turned out the temperatures were low enough to cause injury to the new leaves but there wasn't the necessary humidity so we dodged a bullet. The rest of the season was relatively benign with a precocious flowering and warm if not scorching summer. As is often the case after a vintage where there is frost damage, the fruit set was abundant so we spent a lot of time controlling yields. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September under cool harvest conditions and brought in very clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields were in the 30 to 35 hl/ha range where the potential alcohols averaged right at 13% so I chaptalized nothing. There was quite a bit of juice yet with reasonable solid to liquid ratios so I did not do a saignée. In the same spirit, I also chose to do no punching down at all as the grapes gave up their colors and extract easily. As to the wines, they're marked by their freshness and energy plus they have excellent transparency. I would put 2017 in the category of sunny and warm vintages such as 2009, 2000 and 1997 but importantly, 2017 has more concentration than any of those." Readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. Millet noted that the Musigny Blanc is raised in 20% new wood from the Tronçais forest. There are two parcels in both Grands and Petits Musigny measuring .67 ha and the dates of plantation are 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood can be found on the overtly floral-infused aromas that display additional breadth in the form of Poire Williams (pear brandy), petrol and citrus zest. There is a touch of wood on the palate as well of the caressing large-scaled flavors that display an abundance of both dry extract and minerality on the impressively long and very dry finale that is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is.
     

Tasting Notes
94
CSV