Bid on this bottle of 1996 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot Grand Cru.
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1996 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (qty: 1)
The 1996 Clos Vougeot from the Mugneret sisters is beginning to develop lovely secondary aromatics, but is still several years away from primetime drinking. The nose is a classy and quite classic mélange of dark berries, black cherries, sous bois, espresso, complex soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and beautifully complex, with a fine core of sweet fruit, tangy, well-integrated acids, excellent focus and balance and impressive length and grip on the poised and zesty finish. This is a beautiful young bottle of Clos Vougeot that should really start to turn heads around its twentieth birthday and prove to be extremely long-lived. 93+
This medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine is impressive with an intensely spicy nose of black cherry syrup laced with mocha. This medium-to-full-bodied, fat, broad, expressive, and thickly-textured offering is jam-packed with candied cherries, blackberries, flower blossoms, earth, and minerals. Its huge depth of fruit, density, and structure are all immensely impressive. (PR)
Each time I have this, it always strikes me as though it was just bottled with its still relatively primary and perfumed earth, spice and red berry fruit-suffused nose. There is reasonably good densite to the sappy middle weight flavors that display good concentration and the only change that I can discern since the last bottle I tried is that the finish is a bit longer if ever-so-slightly tart. and mildly edgy finish. While the balance isn't perfect this is really quite a nice '96 and one that could be enjoyed now or easily held for another 10 years without risk of it declining. Note that I have experienced some bottle variation over the years as one recent bottle from good storage was distinctly thinning on the finish.
Sexy, complex nose of raspberry, truffle, smoked meat and cinders, with a note of cherry liqueur emerging with air. Juicy, slightly tart and penetrating; more savory than sweet but with good intensity. Aeration brought intriguing rose petal lift and a note of red cherry. In a distinctly malic, steely style, this wine will not be for everyone but I enjoy its energy and spine. And it may yet go on for another decade or more; but while its tannins and acids may soften, it is unlikely to expand. Marie-Christine Mugneret noted that this was a difficult vintage for her, as she was suffering with leg and back problems (she eventually had back surgery in November) and Marie-Andrée was pregnant. And she told me that this wine "really tightened up" in barrel during the cold winter following the harvest. (ST)