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Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 2000

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What to make of eight candidates from Pinot Noir for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2012 versus only six from Cabernet Sauvignon? Yesterday a couple of bottles of Burgundy with Grant Dodd of Haskell Vineyards just to calibrate.

First, a bottle of bottle of Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 2000. A vintage of no great reputation but this wine was seductive, fragrant on the nose before a medium bodied palate with bags of red fruit and tannins which were particularly soft and therefore made the wine all too easy to gulp down.

Next, a Mongeard-Mugneret Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru 1983. Red cherry, spice and a subtle meatiness; great balance between fruit and acidity and the whole package still very much intact 28 years on from vintage.

Local Pinot Noir has shown vast improvement in the last decade or so but we should be careful not to give the category more credit than it deserves.

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