I was not prepared for the 1996 Mugnier Musigny to show as brilliantly as it did at our tasting, but it is clearly now beginning to blossom and underneath its structural elements there are copious amounts of sappy fruit that were not always readily apparent. The classic and magical nose offers up a fine mélange of cherries, strawberries, beetroot, mustard seed, striking iron-like soil tones, coffee, cocoa, blood orange and forest floor. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very, very transparent, with modest tannins, zesty acids and simply brilliant length on the tangy finish that closes with impressively sweet, sappy fruit. This is a brilliant bottle of Musigny in the making. (I should note that our bottle in Washington was nowhere near this good, with a slightly dulled impression on both the nose and palate- this note dates back to my vertical report on the wine a few issues back.) (Drink between 2015-2065) 96+
Good dark red. Sappy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, spice, red berries and bing cherry; shows an almost medicinal austerity that suggests it will require long aging. Thick, sappy and pungently oaky, with terrific intensity. An uncanny combination of power and finesse. Still rather closed in on itself yet already extremely complex. Finishes very long, with firm but sweet tannins. The finish really bores down your throat. 93+ points. (ST)
Elegance personified with beautifully transparent aromatics of cherries, black berries and pinot extract. The middle weight flavors lack a bit of mid palate density though they seemingly dance across the mouth, offering good buffering sap and wonderful complexity where the backend does not lean out too much in the fashion of many '96s. Overall, this a wine of finesse, silk and lace with a sweet, long finish that allows this to be drinking perfectly well now. Consistent notes as I have never had a poor bottle.
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