Initially, and not so surprisingly, tightly wound not very giving. After allowing some time in the decanter it turns the corner after about 90 min. Reduction and woodsmoke blows off and fruit comes to the forefront. You smell, you immediately know it’s Grand Cru from the depth of aromas that have finally revealed themselves. After about 2 hours in the decanter, they become explosive and jump from the glass, unquestionably of GC intensity. The glass becomes hard to put down.
Red and blue fruit, red florals, créme de anglaise, exotic spices. Oak is detectable but it’s not obtrusive. There’s good power and serious concentration, but at the same time it has such elegance and refinement. I’ve had mixed experiences with Grand Cru (or of the ‘equivalent’) 14’s. Some, like Fourrier CSJ, Dujac Malco and Rousseau Charmes, show better initially and then kinda shut down. This wine, similar to Bachelet Charmes (shockingly), unfurls over time and just continues to get better and better and more giving. Of course, the palate needs some time catch up with the nose, as is common with 14’s I’ve had, but this is definitely one of the more balanced all around from the vintage I’ve had at this point. For the most part, 14’s seem to be in a great place right now. I really like the vintage. — 18 days ago
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Perhaps there’s no more of a polarizing producer in Burgundy than de Vogüé. The 2008 Musigny was served blind, yielding calls from Dujac Bonnes Mares to Drouhin Amoureuses to actually, correctly Vogüé Musigny. The 2008 showed a lot of oak presence and doesn’t have the typical power of Musigny. But what it lacks in power it makes up for in elegance.
It needed a great deal of air, and it often went back and forth from being shut to then being highly expressive and even wafting from the glass, detectable from a good distance away. There is great focus, concentration and intensity, with a long and gripping finish. Very enjoyable, but I think it needs more time to absorb the oak and balance itself out in order to truly reach its potential. — 23 days ago