Robert Parker – 96
The 2014 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru has a very intense, cold stone and blackberry scented bouquet, moving towards subtle marine like aromas (oyster shells, Crustacea) with time. There is just wonderful precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth, firm backbone, a slightly more masculine Musigny with just a hint of savoriness towards the long finish. This is showing great personality even at this early juncture, although of course, it will not even consider reaching its drinking plateau without 8-10 years in bottle. I suspect this Musigny will only gradually open. Tasted November 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2050
Vinous – 95+
Bright, dark red Knockout nose offers most of the Musigny food groups: raspberry, cherry, earth, wild herbs, flowers and minerals, plus a leathery nuance Pungent and extremely intense but utterly weightless owing to its near-perfect balance of sweetness and juiciness Best today on the explosive, building back end, which offers a powerfully chewy, sappy impression but no rough edges Winemaker François Millet suggests waiting at least 10 to 15 years
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2039
Burghound – 95
While highly complex this is cool to the point of only grudgingly revealing a strikingly layered combination of violets, rose petals, sandalwood, anise, clove, plum and dark currant scents. This is a big and overtly muscular wine with broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors yet for all of the impressive size, weight and volume, the massively long finish is serene, even Zen-like. 2014 is a relatively seductive and forward vintage for this storied wine, and I appreciate that calling a wine “forward” when it will likely need 20 years to fully mature is a relative concept!
Jasper Morris – 96
Rich deep purple, there is a fractionally evolved note to the nose but I think this may just be a passage. It makes the fruit seem a bit plummy at first. However there is immense weight on the palate, with firm structure from the barrel. Indeed there is a latent freshness behind which there wasn’t in their Amoureuses. Potentially the most powerful of the three Musignys, assuming that the bouquet wakes up in due course. The order of merit might change round in 10 to 20 years!