This is also exceptionally classy and refined with spicy and fresh black and blue berry fruit aromas that complement to perfection the rich, powerful and massive flavors that manage to retain a wonderful sense of detail on the almost sternly structured finish yet the sap buffers any austerity. This is a big Musigny but for all the size and weight, the balance is impeccable. Potentially the best wine in the range if only barely. *Don't Miss!*
Bright ruby-red. Very ripe, pure aromas of black raspberry, cocoa powder, flowers, spices and minerals. At once thick and lively on entry, then wonderfully sweet and harmonious in the middle palate, with a spherical shape and seamless texture I have rarely noted in the past from this estate's red wines. There's an almost liqueur-like warmth to this suave, silky wine but underlying minerality keeps it fresh and delineated. Finishes with superb finesse of tannins and explosive fruit and minerality. This may be a hotter site than Prieur's Echezeaux, but this cuvee too is a major success in 2005. (ST)
The Prieur 2005 Musigny delivers a gorgeous bouquet of diverse, sweet flowers, cassis laced, with lemon zest, spices and humus. Sleek, polished and silken-textured in the mouth, this wine offers superb concentration of super-ripe fruit with marrowy meatiness, but with more refinement and youthful class than the Chambertin, not to mention a buoyancy and dynamism and a sheer infectious juiciness in its finish, loaded with bitter-sweet florals. (DS)
For several vintages I have found the Prieur Musigny to be one of the finest examples of the vineyard in terms of depth, purity and fidelity to its underlying terroir, but have always found these hauntingly beautiful elements compromised to my palate by its heavy coating of new oak. It is no coincidence to my mind that the three greatest expressions of Musigny currently made (Drouhin, Mugnier and Roumier in alphabetical order) are all wines of little or no new oak. The 2005 Prieur Musigny is typically oaky, and typically stunning under the wood, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, plums, blood orange, woodsmoke, complex soil tones and plenty of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very pure and black fruity, with great focus and balance, a superb core of fruit, but a bit of wood tannin currently poking out uncovered on the very long, soil-driven finish. (Drink between 2015-2060)
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