Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru
Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru
Musigny and Petits Musigny are situated on a rocky terrace overlooking the Clos de Vougeot parcel and facing the rising sun. There was previously a Gallo-Roman settlement here owned by a certain Musinus who gave his name to what would later become one of the most prestigious terroirs in the whole of Bourgogne Ten vine owners currently produce Musigny Grand Cru wines and we are the smallest with just three "ouvrées" in surface area. We own two small parcels, one in the North and the other in the heart of the appellation.
WA 95-97: The 2019 Musigny Grand Cru is a magical wine in the making, soaring from the glass with scents of peonies, blood orange, wild berries, rose petals and subtle hints of musk and smoked duck. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and sumptuous, it's deep and pure, with ultra-refined structuring tannins, lively acids and a long, exquisitely perfumed finish. Given the tiny production, this isn't a cuvée that one encounters with any regularity, but readers with the requisite disposable income who encounter a bottle or two shouldn't hesitate.
BH 93-96: Moderately strong reduction flattens the underlying fruit today and all that can be discerned is the wood treatment. More interesting are the rich, velvety and fresh broad-shouldered flavors that are at once seductive yet serious while delivering good if not truly distinguished depth and persistence. This is showing somewhat awkwardly though the underlying material seems to be of sufficient quality that my projected range is probably reasonable.
BH 94-97: Here too wood and menthol aromas are present on the firmly reduced nose. There is seriously good richness to the mocha and spice-tinged flavors that possess superb concentration while brimming with minerality on the driving, powerful and gorgeously persistent finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This is classy and refined but like several wines in the range, very serious in the sense that it's built for long-term aging. In a word, brilliant.
AG 94-96: (due to the tiny crop in 2016, Faiveley blended its two plots to make three-quarters of a barrel of wine; vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, dark red-ruby. Musky, smoky, reduced nose. Then wonderfully silky and rich on the palate, with its flavors of dark chocolate, black tea and cocoa powder conveying a powerful terroir character. Today the wine's fruit is in the deep background, yet this smoky, chocolatey Musigny conveys great breed. "Not a wine, but a tasting experience for the connoisseur," says Jérôme Flous. Today I prefer the two Clos de Bèze cuvées and the Clos des Cortons for their pure fruit intensity. (Incidentally the 2015 Musigny Joseph Faiveley, made from Faiveley's recent purchase of a tiny parcel of vines from the Dufouleur family, was bottled in magnums.)