Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2005 Domaine J. F. Mugnier Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Clos de la Maréchale" (93WE, 92ST, 91BH, (89-91RP)). Wine Enthusiast: "A complete wine, with richness, exotic spices and a great depth of flavor. The tannins are dark, intense, flavored with red plums, the layers of tannin, wood and fruit peeling away to a core of great concentration. Impressive. (RV)" (10/2009)
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2005 Domaine J. F. Mugnier Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Clos de la Maréchale" (qty: 3)
The relatively deeply pitched and quite ripe blue and violet-suffused nose flashes additional breadth in the form of discreet earth and game hints. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the naturally sweet, rich and sappy flavors that are wrapped around a still moderately firm tannic spine while the lingering finish tighens up considerably. As is often the case this is a relatively refined Nuits and while it's still on the way up it is not so structured or austere that it could not be enjoyed now provided that it was given 30 to 45 minutes of air first.
The Mugnier family's sprawling, gently-sloping 24-acre monopole just south of Premeaux-Prissey (managed and vinified by Faiveley until 2004) presents Frederic Mugnier with significant challenges. A small but symptomatic question is where to put it in the tasting line-up. Mugnier has decided to let it stand on its own at the end, a gutsy decision, but in the case of the 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Clos de la Marechale justified in the glass...What was virtually certain at the time of my visit to be the final assemblage of 2005 Clos de la Marechale offered aromas of red raspberry and smoked meats. In the mouth, effusively sweet, ripe, but very primary fruit flavors struggle to override the abundant, firm tannins and mingle with a tactile chalk dust minerality as though the nearby quarries were directly responsible. This is another Mugnier 2005 of palpably high extract, but this time with a sense of weight that does not accrue to the Chambolles. A salty, meaty side to this emerges most prominently in the long finish. Better post-assemblage integration may come soon, and more personality after a few years in bottle – certainly the invigoratingly fresh-fruited 2004 is a complete, distinct and satisfying wine today – but any prognostication would be premature since there is as yet no track record for this site in its owner's hands. (DS)
Bright red-ruby. Cool, slightly inky aromas of blackberry liqueur and black cherry; slightly high-toned. Offers powerful black cherry, crushed berry and mineral flavors sexed up by the uncanny sweetness of the vintage. Very long and strong on the end, but the substantial tannins are supple. Here's a vintage in which this wine is markedly different from the rest of the cellar, and clearly identifiable as coming from Nuits-Saint-Georges. (ST) 92+
A complete wine, with richness, exotic spices and a great depth of flavor. The tannins are dark, intense, flavored with red plums, the layers of tannin, wood and fruit peeling away to a core of great concentration. Impressive. (RV)