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2018 J.F. Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

Rich but refined...mingling scents of sweet red berries and plums with nuances of raw cocoa, orange rind and spices. Full-bodied, velvety and layered, it's ample and gourmand, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and refined tannins.

94-96Vinous / IWC

The bouquet is harmonious and precise, a mélange of red and black fruit with crushed stone and pressed rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, perfect acidity and an elegant, understated finish. Superb.

94Burghound.com

...exuberantly spicy and floral-suffused nose combines aromas of pomegranate, dark cherry and raspberry with an exotic tea top note. The cool, pure and restrained middle weight flavors possess both excellent verve and salinity that add a sense of lift to the linear and sneaky long finish.

18Jancis Robinson

Seductive in its dark cherry perfume... There’s spice here too...showing extreme purity of fruit. Tannins are just gorgeous, very fine, almost silky, dry but somehow sweet. Then a long, cool, scented finish.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits Villages, Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses

Les Amoureuses is a Premier Cru vineyard in the Chambolle-Musigny appellation in Burgundy. The 13-5 acre vineyard lies down slope form the Grand Cru Le Musigny. Because of its excellent quality, Les Amoureuses is regarded more like a Grand Cru than a Premier Cru. The largest landholder is Robert Groffier et Fils, who owns nearly 3 acres. Clive Coates has written that “Les Amoureuses is really a sort of younger brother to Musigny itself; perfumed, silky smooth, intense and soft rather than brutal and muscular, and with real finesse.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.