2017 Musigny Blanc, Grand Cru, Domaine de Vogüé, Burgundy

2017 Musigny Blanc, Grand Cru, Domaine de Vogüé, Burgundy

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2017 Musigny Blanc, Grand Cru, Domaine de Vogüé, Burgundy

Description

The 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Blanc Grand Cru is the third vintage since the domaine elected to reintroduce it as a Musigny instead of a Bourgogne Blanc. It has a generous, quite Rhône-like bouquet with hints of fennel and oregano infusing the pear and white peach fruit. The palate is beautifully balanced, featuring Corton-Charlemagne-like weight and veins of stem ginger and lemongrass toward the persistent finish. I love the weight and generosity here. A swarthy white Musigny that marches to its own beat.

Drink 2021-2040

Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2019)

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Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100
Burghound91-94/100
Tim Atkin MW95/100
Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100
The 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Blanc Grand Cru is the third vintage since the domaine elected to reintroduce it as a Musigny instead of a Bourgogne Blanc. It has a generous, quite Rhône-like bouquet with hints of fennel and oregano infusing the pear and white peach fruit. The palate is beautifully balanced, featuring Corton-Charlemagne-like weight and veins of stem ginger and lemongrass toward the persistent finish. I love the weight and generosity here. A swarthy white Musigny that marches to its own beat.

Drink 2021-2040

Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2019) Read more
Burghound91-94/100
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.

Drink 2027+

Burghound (Jun 2019) Read more
Tim Atkin MW95/100
One of Burgundy's rarest wines, this is a grand cru white from the Côte de Nuits, replanted between 1986 and 1997 on white marl soils at the top of the slope. Mealy, leesy and refreshing, it has scented vanilla and nutmeg spices, an exotic mid-palate and appealing richness and texture.

Drink 2020-2026

Tim Atkin MW, Decanter (Nov 2018) Read more

About this WINE

De Vogue

De Vogue

The Domaine Comte de Vogüé in Burgundy dates back to 1450 when Jean Moisson constructed the original building. The property stayed in the same family, passing through the female line from time to time until a Catherine Bouhier married Cerice-Melchior de Vogüé in 1766. Somehow the family, though in exile in England, managed to retain control of the domaine during the French revolution. Modern history and the current label begin with Comte Georges de Vogüé who took over in 1925. The first heyday of the domaine came during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The domaine owns 7.25 hectares of the fabled Le Musigny vineyard which constitutes 80% of the whole site. In addition, it has 2.75 hectares of Bonnes-Mares and 1.8 hectares of Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny.

Under the aegis of estate manager Jean-Luc Pepin, with winemaker François Millet and the aptly named Eric Bourgogne in the vineyards, this domaine currently cannot put a foot wrong; it ranks amongst the very best Burgundy houses. Tastings at de Vogüé have become a perverse highlight of any buying trip - nobody is allowed to taste unless François is present. In his exemplary measured English François will distill the essence of each vintage in a mixture of metaphysical and anthropomorphic metaphors.

The average age of vines in Le Musigny is 40 years old and all is labelled as Vieilles Vignes. This is Red Burgundy at its sublime best - marvellously perfumed, rich, ripe fruit, perfectly balanced and exquisitely harmonious. The best wines will keep for up to 50 years.

The vineyards are run more or less organically by Eric Bourgogne and his team, though they do not claim organic status. There is a mix of guyot and cordon training, in either case pruned for low yields. In the cellar François Millet will adapt techniques to suit the year. He likes a cool pre-maceration since glycerol is enhanced during this phase. Thereafter the temperature during fermentation should not exceed 32-33ºc. The oak regime is light on new wood: typically 15% for the village Chambolle and 35% for the grands crus, occasionally a little more.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Chambolle Musigny

Chambolle Musigny

Chambolle produces the most elegant wines in the Côte de Nuits, having more active chalk and less clay in the soil than the other villages. The wines may be a little lighter in colour and less tannic than Gevrey-Chambertin but they have a sublime concentration of fruit. Village Chambolle-Musigny usually provides excellent value.

Le Musigny is one of the top half-dozen vineyards in Burgundy, producing wines of extraordinary intensity and yet with a magical velvety character. Les Amoureuses is immediately appealing, a wonderfully sensual wine which deserves Grand Cru status. Bonnes Mares tends to have a firmer structure and ages very well

  • 94 hectares of village Chambolle-Musigny.
  • 61 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (24 in all). The finest vineyards include Les Amoureuses, Les Charmes, Les Fuées, Les Baudes and Sentiers.
  • 24 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard - Bonnes Mares and Le Musigny.
  • Recommended producers:  de Vogüé, Mugnier, Roumier, Barthod.
  • Recommended restaurant: Le Chambolle 

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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