Wine of the Year Revisited
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots
"My advice is not to miss them!"
Given how good a recent bottle of 2011 Chaignots was, it's impossible not to revisit my Wine of the Year from last year.
After tasting it, I immediately started searching for more wine so that I could offer it out.
Mugneret-Gibourg produced a stunning line-up of 2011s. They really just "got" the vintage, producing sensuous and beautifully vibrant wines. For me, Chaignots seemed especially compelling in this vintage.
With all that said, and even considering that the wine was a highlight of my Burgundy trip last year, I'm still shocked at how impressively this wine has evolved.
I'm not alone. When Burghound re-tasted it earlier this year, he scored it on the high end of his earlier range. Burghound has never been shy about how impressed he was with the 2011 Mugneret-Gibourgs. In his initial coverage, he wrote: "My advice is not to miss them!" I couldn't agree more.
The 2011 Chaignots has become absolutely gorgeous. It's beautifully aromatic and provocative with ethereal spice and thrilling concentration. The wine is imbued with an elusive femininity, a touch of the satin Vosne in meaty Nuits-St-Georges.
Where the best producers in Nuits-St-Georges can take the commune’s chunky earthiness and give it lift and clarity, the Mugneret sisters magically wrap it all up in irresistible velvet and silk. What they are able to produce from the pebbly, limestone soils of Chaignots is amazing.
I'm really happy to see how much positive evolution has happened over the past year. This is a bottle that I've always loved and expected great things from, but it has surpassed my hopes. I can't think of a better testament to how sensitive and skillful the winemaking is at Mugneret-Gibourg than this bottle.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
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