The 1990 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru has always been a controversial wine. This is my fourth bottle and I continue to side with those that feel it was overhyped on initial release. It comes across as a ham-fisted wine. For a start, it has an archetypal "dead fruit" nose, drained of vigour and energy, sultry with cedar and burnt toast, as if aping a Bordeaux. The palate is dense and excessively tannic. It still has a vice-like grip, yet it is bereft of tension and precision, leaden towards the finish. I have never liked what ought to have been a great Musigny and touted as such in some quarters. Now at 28 years old, it is not going to get any better. Tasted at the La Paulée in Beaune.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2025