Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de la Marechale (rouge) 2012
Reminders removed from Original Wooden Cases
This vineyard is right alongside the route national between Comblanchien and Premeaux. It was owned by the Mugnier family for generations, and it was these fore-fathers that planted the oldest vines in the Clos around World War I. As the family became less involved in the alcohol and wine business, they decided to lease the vineyard long-term to Domaine Flaiveley in 1950. When Frédéric moved to Burgundy and took over the old family house and cellars, the lease was still in effect: it only ended in 2004. Frédéric suddenly went from having 4 to 14 hectares of vines, which necessitated enlarging the family cellars. Notice anything odd about the label? When Frédéric got the vineyard back, they hired someone to put up an archway over the entrance to the vineyard, only the worker mistakenly installed the "a" in "la Maréchale" backwards. It was decided that they would keep the sign as it was, and the label followed.
93 points John Gilman - View from the Cellar
Despite the brutally short yields here in 2012, the wine has turned out splendidly. The deep and complex nose wafts from the glass in a fine blend of cherries, pomegranate, nutskin, a beautiful base of soil tones, violets, cocoa and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, and very pure on the attack, with lovely soil signature, a sappy core and impressive complexity and grip on the suavely tannic and perfectly balanced finish. 2020-2050+.
92 points Stephen Tanzer - Vinous
Good dark red. Musky, reduced, very ripe aromas of blackberry and raspberry. Impressively fat and sweet, but with a peppery/herbal edge and firm acidity giving the middle palate a slightly brutal character following the wines from Chambolle. More red fruits than black in the mouth, but dominated by its tannic structure today and a bit dry and herbal on the end.