Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2004 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Clos de la Maréchale – Bottle Notes

The family run estate of Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier dates back to 1863. This was initially a 4-hectare Chambolle domaine but since Frédéric took back the family’s old Nuits St-Georges Monopole, Clos de la Maréchale, from Faiveley in 2004, the Domaine has increased to 13 hectares. Their are 7 wines currently being produced at Mugnier with the Bonnes Mares and Musigny being some of the most coveted wines in all of Burgundy.

Light crimson in color. 13% ABV. Red fruits, forest floor and iron on the nose. Medium body with a nice amount of acidity. There is a pronounced earthy, soil element to the wine but there is enough fruit to keep this compelling. Cherries, black tea, blood and soil on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Certainly a difficult vintage but this wine has stood the test of time. Rustic and earthy but imminently enjoyable. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 91 points.

This wine (or all the Mugnier wines) for that matter, have become rather expensive in recent years. The most recent versions of Clos de la Maréchale will set you back more than $100 per bottle.

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