Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trip to Europe (Bourgogne-France-Fall 2011)...Tasting at Frederic Mugnier

(Day 3)
After the morning market, we drove to Chambolle-Musigny to visit Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier.

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Their historic Chateau de Chambolle. It looked just so beautiful, and also from the chateau, you can see a breath-taking view of the cliff.

Frederic welcomed us and he took us to the cave for tasting.

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(2010 vintage)
Chambolle-Musigny Village (declassified 1er Cru "Les Plantes")
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, "Fuees" (from south side of Bonnes-Mares)
Bonnes Mares
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, "Les Amoureuses"
Musigny (over 50-year-old vine, 15 barrels are made)
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, "Clos de la Marechale" (rouge)
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, "Clos de la Marechale" (blanc) (7% of Muniger's vineyards are planted with Chardonnay)

(2009 vintage)
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, "Clos de la Marechale" (blanc)
Chambolle-Musigny Village
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, "Clos de la Marechale" (rouge)

Frederic is a rather shy person with charisma. I've been a big fan of his wine, so this tasting was very special for me. After I met him for the first time and tasted his wines here, I felt I understood why his wines are always so special. It's the terroir and the person who makes the wine.

The whole experience was so special!

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After the tasting at Muniger, we drove to Bonnes-Mares, then to Musigny vineyards. I found leftover (unharvested) grapes at Bonnes-Mares. So, I tried some, and they tasted so concentrated and juicy (and sweet)!

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At Musigny, we stopped by at Domaine Comte Vogue's plot. I found all those white rocks on the ground which are what makes Musigny so elegant.