Domaine Comte de Vogüé

2016 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru


John Gilman: 97 Points 
If the Bonnes-Mares was a reluctant host in November, the 2016 Musigny “Vieilles Vignes” was delighted to have visitors! This is a great wine in the making, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a very promising blend of black cherries, black raspberries, raw cocoa, complex minerality, a touch of blood orange, woodsmoke, incipient notes of gamebird and a deft base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and sappy at the core, with gorgeous focus and balance, outstanding backend mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and ripely tannic finish. This will be a great wine in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2032-2100) (11/2017)

Decanter: 96 Points 
This year’s Musigny is fabulous, unfolding in the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of red and black cherry, pomegranate, liquorice, dried roses and rich soil tones. On the palate the wine is very full-bodied, fine-grained and multidimensional, with a deep core of cool, vibrant fruit, a stony chassis of tannins, and lovely length and persistence. This was still quite primary at the end of October 2017 and shows a reserve that suggests this will need extended cellaring before it hits its peak. Drinking Window 2030 - 2060. (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 93-95 Points 
The 2016 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru was damaged 70% by the frost: a significant proportion of the entire Grand Cru given that Comte de Vogüé owns most of it. Matured in 30% new oak, it has a broody bouquet that is not as immediate as the Bonnes Mares at the moment, in fact, you would think there is a small amount of stem addition even though there is nary a stem. The word that springs to mind nosing this Musigny is “rocky,” maybe basalt? The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is plenty of blackberry and wild strawberry fruit infused with minerals that segue into a strict and correct finish that leaves you with a persistent stony aftertaste. It is more of a cerebral than sensual Musigny, one that will require eight to ten years in bottle. I was not quite captured by this Musigny but I suspect that it will show better once in bottle. (12/2017)

Burghound: 92-95 Points 
A restrained and cool and yet perfumed and ultra-spicy array offers up aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and a wide range of floral elements. The concentrated, tautly muscular and tension-filled flavors possess excellent depth of material as well as an abundance of minerality while exhibiting excellent persistence on the firm, dusty and built-to-age finish where a hint of bitter cherry pit appears. This sleek and classy effort will need an extended stay in a cool cellar. (1/2018)

Vinous: 92-95 Points 
(production was down between 60% and 70%): Bright ruby-red. Serious, deep scents of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, licorice and menthol convey an old-vines richness. By far the densest, sweetest and most concentrated of this series of 2016s, with dark fruit and licorice flavors lifted by pungent minerality and a piquant note of pomegranate. The least candied and most classic of these '16s, conveying terrific density and depth. Finishes with substantial broad tannins and sneaky rising length. Serious juice! (1/2018)

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