2010 Nuits-St Georges Rouge, Clos de la Maréchale, 1er Cru,Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Burgundy
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Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier
Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier is based at the Château de Chambolle-Musigny, which has been in the Mugnier family since 1863. Frédéric Mugnier – the fifth generation of the family on the property – took over in 1985. As of 2004, he has reclaimed the Nuits-St Georges Clos de la Maréchale vineyard, which had been on lease to Faiveley since 1950.
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.
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Dense and bright to the eye, there is uplifting fruit on the nose here which is quite floral too and led by violets. Not unduly weighty but with Frdric Mugniers usual marvellous purity of style, this wine is beautifully proportioned, a Nuits-St Georges combining fruit, finesse and persistence.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director
2010 is the perfect sort of vintage to please Frdric Mugnier. Balance, elegance, discretion, length of flavour, only the small size of the crop is to be regretted. The final decision has not been made but it seems likely that all the Clos de la Marchale fruit in 2010 will make it into the main wine and the second wine Clos des Fourches will not be produced.
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