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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2011

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2011

Sku: P44164

The Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is inextricably linked to the Grand Cru vineyard of Musigny - in some eyes the pinnacle of pinot noir - a wine that should be both complete and profound but never heavy: 'majesty itself' claims Clive Coates.

Until 1936 the vineyard was conveniently (compared to some others) split into just two areas/climats, a narrow east-west track splitting the climat of Le Musigny from the more southerly and slightly smaller Les Petits-Musigny. In 1936 the Musigny AOC was extended to cover an additional area of just over 0.61 ha in the adjacent 1er Cru climat of Combe d'Orveau - these are the vines of Jacques Prieur whose domaine successfully argued that wine from this plot had always been called Musigny.

De Vogüé have the monopoly of the climat Les Petits-Musigny - though as Jean-Luc Pépin points out, it's not legally a monopole, and more importantly, if bottled separately it would take away part of the overall blend that they call Musigny Vieilles Vignes.

93-95 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jan/Feb 2013)
A remarkably, and most attractively, cool and restrained nose of various red berries, spice and a beautiful array of floral elements complements well the rich and equally cool mineral-tinged big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that possess a really lovely sense of underlying tension on the clean and pure finish that delivers strikingly good length. This is also clean and firm but with slightly better phenolic maturity to the supporting structural elements which should allow this beauty to age successfully for many years to come.

92-95 points, Allen Meadows' Burghound (Jan 2013)
The 2011 Musigny Vieille Vignes Grand Cru was picked around mid-harvest during the first week of September. It has a more floral bouquet compared to the Bonnes-Mares with scents of dried rose petals and a touch of violet infusing the dark cherry and pomegranate fruit profile. The palate is supple in texture, lithe in the mouth with fine tannins, much more feminine than the Bonnes-Mares (usually I find it the other way round.) The mouth is tingling with salted licorice and white pepper on the aftertaste. Impressive for sure, but I need it to show a bit of soul. Drink 2015-2025.

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