(from an incredible 6.46 ha parcel, which doesn’t include the .67 ha parcel planted to chardonnay). Deep ruby color. A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose grudgingly reveals notes of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavors are blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This opulent yet very serious effort is also going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it finally emerges. I would add that I don’t know if this will be potentially one of the all-time great vintages for the de Vogüé Musigny but my guess is that it will at least be in the conversation, which given the historical track record of this wine, is no small compliment. 2040+
The 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is initially more introspective compared to the Bonnes-Mares. Predominantly black fruit here with blueberry developing in the glass, there is a slight earthiness in character that shimmies towards floral scents as it opens. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and more salinity than then Bonnes Mares or the Chambolle-Musigny les Amoureuses. It feels crunchy and fresh in the mouth with plenty of blueberry and blackberry towards the long and persistent finish. This is an outstanding Musigny Vieilles Vignes of substance that will age over 30-40 years. (NM)
Bright, dark ruby-red. Wonderfully scented, laid-back aromas of black raspberry, menthol and pungent stony minerality. Dense, sweet and very pure, with its fruit flavors of cassis sorbet and pomegranate accented by Oriental spices and minerals. This spreads out magically to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. This is surprisingly approachable today owing to its opulence and sweetness but surely it will shut down in bottle at some point. The yield here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare in 2015, and winemaker François Millet told me he "was cautious not to push this wine because there was so little juice in the grapes." This wine was actually quite tight when I first sampled it from barrel in November of 2016 but today it's downright velvety and neither overripe nor excessively tannic. (ST)
Brilliant dark crimson. Light gaminess as a top note on real majesty. Polished and very fresh. Sort of struggling not to show off its obvious fruit and to reserve lots of serious stuff. This will make fabulous old bones but there is masses buried underneath. Amazing length. 19/20 points.
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