JancisRobinson.com – 19
Just less than 0.1 ha (a quarter of an acre). Ancient vines – 1905 or possibly older because the register of vineyards was rewritten in 1905 and when they didn’t know how old a vineyard was they just wrote 1905. His grandfather started as a share-cropper on this vineyard in 1924 and the vines were already old. 80% whole bunch. Barrel sample from a 2016 barrel that is three-quarters of the usual 228-litre size. Deep smudgy crimson. How can grapes become a wine like this? The aroma is outstanding. Deep not explosive, yet still with a prettiness in its seriousness. There’s red and dark fruit, there’s spice, there’s peony, there’s rocky minerality. Super-smooth tannins. Fine grained and not far off silky already. Pure, lifted and precise. Outstanding elegance and length. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2040
Robert Parker – 97.25
There are one barrel and three-quarters of the 2018 Musigny Grand Cru, and both derive from the 2016 vintage, Christophe Roumier deciding not to use any new oak for this small cuvÃ©e this year. Opening in the glass with a profound bouquet of peonies, orange rind, cinnamon, pomegranate and raspberries, it’s full-bodied, deep and serene, with a concentrated and youthfully tight-knit core framed by powdery tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a long and perfumed finish. Above all, this is a spectacularly harmonious young Musigny that will be extremely long lived.