Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Musigny
De Vogüé and Musigny are synonymous. This the Domaine’s prized selection of old vines, the youngest of which are 40 years old, from their 7.2ha of the fabled Musigny. The vines are tended using organic principles, however, the Domaine does not hold an organic certification. Less than 1000 cases are produced in any vintage.
Subtle cherry nose with black fruits. More brooding and restrained than Bonnes Mares, becoming more heady with aeration. Sleek attack, again less forthright than Bonnes Mares, but with an irresistible, velvety character that overrides the firm tannins. Fresh acidity enlivens the finish, which is polished, spicy, and very long. There's real grandeur which can only amplify with time.
97 points, Stephen Brook, Decanter.
Brilliant dark crimson. Light gaminess as a top note on real majesty. Polished and very fresh. Sort of struggling not to show off its obvious fruit and to reserve lots of serious stuff. This will make fabulous old bones but there is masses buried underneath. Amazing length.
19 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, November 2016.
Tasted blind, the 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru was also showing extremely well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of ripe cherries, rose petal, dark chocolate, liquorice and incense, displaying its framing of new oak a little more obviously than when I tasted it a few months ago. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and complete, with a rich chassis of firm but fine tannins, a deep—even dense—core of fruit and a long, lingering finish. Like the Bonnes Mares, this was immediately identifiable as a de Vogüé wine, but it spoke just as eloquently of Musigny. It's a cuvée that always tastes spectacular from barrel, so it's wonderful to see it living up to expectations in bottle.
96+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, November 2018.
The fabulous 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is a stunning wine in the making, wafting from the glass with a deep and pure bouquet of red cherry, raspberry, summer fruit compote, orange rind and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is ample, multidimensional and layered, with incredible depth and inherent reserve at the core, excellent concentration, vibrant flavours, and a long, intense finish. Above all, however, this Musigny is defined by its depth and sense of completeness. This will demand and reward patience.
96+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, April 2018.
The 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru has an iridescent purple hue. The showy, very pure, almost glossy bouquet features copious blueberry and black cherry fruit infused with pressed violet petals, all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, rounded and fleshy in style, perhaps with less structure than Mugnier's Musigny, but certainly very long, with a tang of blood orange toward the finish. Primal and currently lacking cohesion, this just needs time. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
94 points, Neal Martin, Vinous, November 2018.
Bright, dark ruby-red. Wonderfully scented, laid-back aromas of black raspberry, menthol and pungent stony minerality. Dense, sweet and very pure, with its fruit flavours of cassis sorbet and pomegranate accented by Oriental spices and minerals. This spreads out magically to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. This is surprisingly approachable today owing to its opulence and sweetness but surely it will shut down in bottle at some point. The yield here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare in 2015, and winemaker François Millet told me he "was cautious not to push this wine because there was so little juice in the grapes." This wine was actually quite tight when I first sampled it from barrel in November of 2016 but today it's downright velvety and neither overripe nor excessively tannic.
96 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, January 2018.
Deep ruby colour. A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose grudgingly reveals notes of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavours are blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This opulent yet very serious effort is also going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it finally emerges. I would add that I don't know if this will be potentially one of the all-time great vintages for the de Vogüé Musigny but my guess is that it will at least be in the conversation, which given the historical track record of this wine, is no small compliment.
97 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.