(tasted from a 375-milliter bottle): Very bright red with ruby tones; looks like a young wine. Deep, dark red and black fruit aromas are complicated by cinnamon, black pepper, roast coffee and a hint of truffley underbrush. Wonderfully rich but classy and reserved, and not a bit heavy. Utterly silky, plush, energetic wine with a relaxed quality to its lively dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes classically dry, with beautifully buffered tannins and captivating building sweetness. Amazingly, this 375-milliliter bottle seems still short of its peak, so I would imagine that well-stored 750s still need time. I’d guess 2022-2042 for 750s.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2034
Robert Parker 94
Tasted at â€œThe Samplerâ€ icon tasting in London. The nose is still very backward on this Musigny with blackberry, spice, and a touch of chimney soot or fireside hearth. It takes some getting warming to but it is well defined, if lacking a little charm and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite earthy tannins on the entry. There is a keen balsamic tinge on the entry, good weight (as one would expect) with a correct, persistent finish of Morello, black pepper and a little soy. This has a long way to go ” still primal and burly. Tasted December 2012.
Deeper colour than the 2002 served alongside. More youthful and drier. This is serious rather than charming stuff at the moment with a distinctly green vegy topnote on some extremely rich and slightly dusty fruit. Work in progress but it will surely have a very long life.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2050