By Maison Joseph Drouhin
1995 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
In the pantheon of Burgundian majesty, the 1995 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin commands a most celebrated position. With four decades adrift in the ocean of oenological splendour, I am continually enchanted by the rare gems that emerge from the revered terroirs of Burgundy. The venerated '95 vintage stands as a testament to nature's alchemy and Drouhin's meticulous craft.
An Exquisite Vintage
The year 1995 was marked by a favourable commencement of seasons in Burgundy, ultimately leading to a harvest that joyously surprised both vintners and connoisseurs alike. This distinguished vintage proffers a Musigny that has reached a pinnacle of balance—a harmonious interplay between a seductive fruit maturity and an enduring backbone of acidity.
As I revisit this cherished vintage, my senses are allured by its evolved aromatic complexity; layers of black cherry and ripe plum entwine with ethereal whispers of rose petal and sous-bois. On the palate, the wine unfurls gracefully, revealing dimensions of spiced red currants and an earthy minerality synonymous with its illustrious terroir.
Collector's Cornerstone: The Investment Perspective
For aficionados and investors alike, the 1995 Musigny is not just a moment suspended in time but an ascendant experience in taste and potential asset value. As this vintage matures, its scarcity dovetails with demand, presenting a compelling proposition within any discerning portfolio.
The sage investor will appreciate how well Maison Joseph Drouhin’s meticulous cultivation and vinification techniques have ushered this Musigny into its temporal sweet spot; it stands at a juncture where both gustatory pleasure and investment acumen reach their zenith.
In conclusion, this vintage remains an eloquent oration of viticultural splendour—a true embodiment of Burgundy's eternal folklore. One might say that to indulge in the 1995 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin is to partake in a chapter of wine history; simultaneously sipping on liquid luxury while uncorking the promise of vinous venture returns.
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Scores and tasting notes
The day I tasted the dark-colored Musigny, it was extremely muted aromatically. On the palate it revealed tightly wound (almost nervous), super-delineated and polished fresh cherries, cassis and violets. Medium-to-full bodied, supple and very long, it is obviously an outstanding wine but it is closed. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2010. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. The wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Pinot Noir, a fragile varietal, reacts poorly to fining, filtration, and careless bottling techniques, I recommend caution when considering buying a red burgundy based on cask samples. I called it as I tasted it, and hope the bottled wine reflects the quality of the samples I was provided. As I tasted through Drouhin's offerings of 1995 red burgundies, I was struck by just how differently each terroir expressed itself. Generally, in truly great vintages ('85 and '90 in Burgundy and '82 and '90 in Bordeaux), young reds, at least when young, tend to express vintage characteristics more than individual terroirs. 1995 is an outstanding vintage, just below the quality of '85 and '90. However, the terroir characteristics of the 1995s are very evident, especially at Maison Joseph Drouhin. Perhaps the tight, concentrated fruit that characterizes 1995 allows more room for the terroir to show itself (as opposed to '85 and '90's lush forward, expressive fruit). Importer: Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., New York, NY; tel: (212) 818-0770.
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 26 June 1997