Producer note: Frederic Mugnier described 2016 as a 'growing season marked by a huge amount of frost damage here in Chambolle as well as in Premeaux. Frost this damaging is, thankfully, rare and it harks back to such vintages as 1945 and 1981. It was at least disparate though because we lost 40% in the Clos de la Marechale, which equates to 20 hl/ha. Musigny and the Chambolle villages parcels were hit even harder yet the losses in Les Amoureuses were more moderate and Bonnes Mares wasn't touched. But it's hard to understand why for example Musigny was so damaged and Amoureuses, while also damaged, was so much less. My sense is that the pruning regimen certainly had an effect because I have two parcels in Musigny where they are pruned differently. Those trained via Guyot were more affected whereas vines trained via the method known as Cordon de Royat, which is generally trained higher, develops thicker wood and produces smaller bunches, were less affected. This could perhaps explain the difference though this is of course purely anecdotal. I confess to being relieved to finally get to the harvest which I chose to begin on the 25th of September. What fruit remained was both clean and ripe and thus relatively easy to vinify though it was necessary to watch the extractions as the skins were thick. As to the wines, they have everything that they need for very long lives yet they're not so structured or austere such that they couldn't be enjoyable after 5-ish or so years of cellaring.' As the ratings and commentaries confirm, I was very enthusiastic about the quality of the Mugnier 2016s, indeed they rival his brilliant 2015s, reviewed in bottle below, even though stylistically speaking, they are cut from very different cloth; they were bottled in June 2017. Between the two styles I personally preferred the brighter fruit and energy of the 2016s but with that said, there is so much underlying material in the Mugnier 2015s that they are clearly going to be great wines in due time. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France; Martin Scott Wines, www.martinscottwines.com, NY, Terroir Imports, www.terroirimports.net, CO, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Vineyard Road, www.vineyardroad.net, MA, Little Guy Wine, www.littleguywine.com, MI, Small Potatoes Wine, www.smallpotatoeswine.com, ID, all USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
Tasting note: This is also agreeably fresh and particularly so for the vintage while displaying much more earth character on the pretty mix of red and dark berries, especially cherry. There is a lovely texture to the sappy, delicious and succulent flavors that possess a fleshy mouthfeel, all wrapped in a lingering if slightly warm finale. This excellent effort should also age effortlessly yet there is so much mid-palate sap that it will be approachable young.
Tasted: Jan 15, 2018