Frederic Mugnier Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale 2019Regular price $159.99
92-94 Points, Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy
"One hectare has been pulled out, relatively young vines from 1986 which had been suffering. Solid dense purple centre with a rather headier bouquet, heading towards the black forest, quite dense powerful stuff with a fresh crunchy finish. Very long too."
Wine Advocate: 92-94 Points
A return to classicism after the hail-impacted 2018, Mugnier's 2019 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale is showing beautifully, mingling aromas of cherries and cassis with hints of warm spices, loamy soil and subtle suggestions of the carnal. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's deep and concentrated, with elegantly chalky tannins and bright girdling acids.
Burghound: 90-92 Points
This too is wonderfully fresh with its array of red raspberry, violet and warm earth where the latter element is reflected by the sleek, delineated and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess a touch of youthful austerity. This is more firmly structured and should age accordingly.
Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier only produces one Pinot Noir outside of Chambolle-Musigny, the Premier Cru Monopole Clos de la Maréchale in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Mugnier applies the lifted style of his Chambolle wines to Maréchale, which hails from a village better known for dark earth and muscular structure.
Maréchale lies at the southernmost end of N-S-G, coming from the Premeaux commune. For centuries, the wines of Premeaux have been described as the most elegant of the larger N-S-G appellation. Within Maréchale, there are portions of oolitic limestone and sandy soils that are wildly different than the rest of the village. This terroir plays as much a role in the elegance of the wine as Mugnier's soft touch in the cellar.
Mugnier de-stems 100% for fermentation, with gentle punch downs and minimal new oak. The goal is to never extract too much tannin or color. These wines are on the more pale end of the spectrum, dominated as much by their notes of roses and violets as they are by fruit profile. This is the essence of perfumed Burgundy.