Domaine-Jacques-Frédéric-Mugnier Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses 2015
At the beginning of the 20th century, this estate founded in 1863 by Frédéric Mugnier, a liquor-maker in Dijon, included nearly twenty hectares of the best vineyards spread over Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-Saint-Georges. In 1950, following the economic crisis of the 1930s and the world war, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, great-grandson of the first Frédéric, chose to sell the liquor business, and lease the vineyard out to a negociant in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The contract on the Chambolle vineyard ended in 1978 and 6 years later Frédéric Mugnier, son of Jacques-Frédéric, assumed full responsibility for the family estate.
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Wine AdvocateMugnier's 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses is spine-tinglingly beautiful, soaring from the glass with a haunting bouquet of violets, wild rose, Griotte cherries and red plum, with fruits and flowers currently taking center stage and little to hint at the savory bass notes to come with bottle age. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, velvety and expansive, its generously textural—almost gourmand—attack giving way to a layered core of crunchy, pristine fruit framed by chalky tannins and succulent acids. This Amoureuses' weightless concentration is incredible, and its finish, unsurprisingly, is long, racy and penetrating.
BurghoundAs is usually the case this is both more elegant and more aromatically complex with its wonderfully broad-ranging nose of sandalwood, violet, plum, lavender, Asian-style tea and dark cherry scents. The gorgeously refined, intense and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors are pure silk while delivering plenty of punch on the impeccably well-balanced finish. This is both classy and graceful and importantly for those who prefer their wines on the younger side, this should be reasonably approachable young meaning after 7 to 8 years. In a word, gorgeous.